By: Ciera Johnson
Michael Jackson was and still is considered the king of pop music. He topped music charts for years, all the way up until his death in June of 2009. At first Jackson’s death was considered accidental, but then with more information it became clear that it may not have been an accident at all, but murder. Jackson was being watched by his caretaker Dr. Conrad Murray at the time of his death.
During the investigation of Jackson’s death, Murray was charged in February of 2010. He was investigated and admitted to giving Jackson nightly doses of propofol to help him sleep because of stress from upcoming concerts. It is said that Jackson persuaded Murray to give him nightly doses of the propofol in his bedroom. The nightly dosages continued for two months up until Jackson’s death. Propofol is only supposed to be used in a hospital and has never been approved to be used for sleep treatments. Murray also stated that on the night of Jackson’s death he gave him the propofol and then left the room. He claims that Jackson must have given himself an extra dosage while being out of the room.
Along with the rest of the world,Jackson’s family was stunned and heartbroken whenJackson’s death was revealed. The Jackson family has been attending the court hearings, and wanted Murray to be punished. The family stated that they were not seeking revenge but wanted the doctor to receive a “stiff sentence” that will show other doctors to be more careful and responsible. “There’s no way to adequately describe the loss of our beloved father, son, brother and friend. We still look at each other in disbelief. Is it really possible he is gone?” the family said.
In the end Murray was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday, November 29. Instead of being sent to a state prison in California, Murray will be sent to a county jail since he is a nonviolent offender and due to overcrowding. It is said that many people in the county jails are released earlier than they are sentenced to. “The sheriff has a bigger role in sentencing than judges do,” Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley stated.