Michael Jackson Doctor Given Maximum Sentence

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Dr. Conrad Murray will serve four years behind bars for his role in the death of Michael Jackson.

Judge Michael Pastor gave Murray the maximum sentence Tuesday, saying the evidence in the case showed a "continuous pattern of lies and deceit" by the doctor.

Murray, 58, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter earlier this month. Several members of the Jackson family attended the sentencing hearing.

In a statement, the family said they hope Murray's punishment, "Reminds physicians that they cannot sell their services to the highest bidder and cast aside their Hippocratic oath to do no harm."

Murray will likely only serve half his sentence due to automatic credit for good behavior, Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

The judge gave a 30-minute explanation of why he was sentencing Murray to the maximum jail time, even though the doctor was technically eligible for probation.

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