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Michael Jackson's Doctor May Serve Brief Prison Term

Conrad Murray may benefit from California law limits designed to alleviate overcrowding in jails

November 8, 2011 8:55 AM ET
Dr. Conrad Murray is remanded into custody after the jury returned with a guilty verdict in his involuntary manslaughter trial at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, CA on November 7th, 2011
Dr. Conrad Murray is remanded into custody after the jury returned with a guilty verdict in his involuntary manslaughter trial at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, CA on November 7th, 2011
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Conrad Murray, the doctor who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, may only spend a few months in jail thanks to a new California law designed to alleviate overcrowding in the state's prisons. The law, which was adopted last month, sends low-risk inmates to county jails, and officials running Los Angeles county jails have been releasing prisoners early due to a lack of space.

Murray, who will be sentenced by trial judge Michael Pastor on November 29th, could face probation, home confinement and up to four years in state prison. Mark McBride, a defense attorney in Los Angeles, told Reuters that because involuntary manslaughter is considered a relatively minor crime, only half of Murray's sentence is likely to be served behind bars and that the doctor could end up serving only three to four months in jail.

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