Conrad Murray should pay $100 million to Jackson estate, D.A. says
Prosecutors have urged a judge Tuesday to order Conrad Murray to serve four years in prison and pay millions of dollars to Michael Jackson's estate.
The Los Angeles district attorney’s office said Murray should be ordered to pay as restitution to Jackson’s estate the $100 million the singer would have earned from comeback concerts, and $1.8 million in memorial service and funeral costs.
Lawyers for the doctor convicted in Michael Jackson’s death asked the judge to hand down the most lenient sentence possible: probation.
“Dr. Murray’s life will never be the same. He will forever be stigmatized as the doctor responsible for the death of Michael Jackson,” attorney Nareg Gourjian wrote.
Murray, a 58-year-old cardiologist, was convicted Nov. 7 of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s 2009 fatal overdose on a surgical anesthetic. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, who presided over Murray’s trial, has said the physician poses a danger to society and ordered him held in jail pending sentencing.
Involuntary manslaughter carries a sentence of up to four years in prison. But under recent changes to state prison law known as realignment, Murray is likely to serve any time behind bars in the county jail, where sentences are routinely shortened to ease overcrowding.
Prosecutors recounted many of the most damaging aspects of Murray’s care of Jackson, such as his 20-minute delay in phoning 911 after the singer stopped breathing. They also contended that Murray acted as an employee and a drug dealer, violating the patient-doctor relationship.
-- Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim
Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray looks over notes during his trial for involuntary manslaughter. Credit: Getty Images