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His defense had made a case for probation, while the prosecution asked for four years — the maximum sentence — and more than $100 million in restitution.
Judge Michael Pastor ordered Murray to pay restitution, though he acknowledged that the prosecution’s figure was unlikely, with Murray having no real way to raise the funds.
Murray also has to pay almost $1000 in fines and fees for his conviction.
Seemingly throwing the book at Murray, Judge Pastor peppered his sentencing with acknowledgements of the doctor’s unethical use of propofol in treating Jackson — and that his behavior after Jackson’s death did not help the matter.
“Dr. Murray engaged in a recurring, continuous pattern of deceit and lies,” said Judge Pastor. “There are those who feel Dr. Murray is a saint. There are those who feel he’s the devil. He is neither. He’s a human being.”
A Jackson family attorney read a statement before the sentencing.”We respectfully request you impose a sentence that reminds physicians they cannot sell their services to the highest bidder,” he said.
California law means that Murray will serve his time at a Los Angeles County Jail, where he is expected to only serve half of his four-year sentence.
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