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Lawyer: Conrad Murray 'devastated, shocked' in jail

November 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Sources close to Dr. Conrad Murray told Eyewitness News that he is "devastated" and "shocked" that he is in jail over the death of Michael Jackson.

Murray is being kept in isolation at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles, but authorities say he is not on suicide watch.

Watch video of the guilty verdict being read in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Sources say defense attorneys Ed Chernoff and Nareg Gourjian went to visit him around lunch time and spent about 40 minutes with him.

"He was certainly devastated yesterday by the jury's finding. He loved Mr. Jackson, so it was horrifying for him to be blamed to have caused his death. However, as far as the suicide watch goes, those are precautionary measures taken by the sheriff's department due to the high-profile nature of this case," Gourjian said on "Good Morning America."

Murray is awaiting sentencing in his jail cell, and according to his defense team, it could be a short stint.

Watch video of the Jackson family's reaction to the verdict in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

"Dr. Murray's lack of a prior criminal history, based on that, we would hope that the judge would impose a probationary sentence with a little bit, if any, of county jail time," Gourjian said.

But professor of criminal law Karen Smith said she didn't think that was likely.

"I think that we should be prepared that Judge Pastor is looking at four years," Smith said.

Watch video of defense attorney Michael Flanagan talking after the manslaughter conviction Dr. Conrad Murray.

Smith based her prediction on Pastor's ruling at verdict - remanding Murray into custody immediately and pronouncing him a threat to public safety.

"This is a crime where the end result was the death of a human being," Pastor said.

Then there is the state penal code and sentencing guidelines. With a four-year sentence, actual time served is automatically cut in half, Smith said.

Pastor will also hear victim impact statements from the Jackson family at the sentencing set for Nov. 29. Emotional statements on behalf of Prince, Paris and Blanket are expected.

Murray's defense team left the courthouse on Monday making few comments. Defense attorney Michael Flanagan said, "Certainly there will be an appeal."

"I'm just happy it's over with. Nothing will bring him back, but I'm happy he was found guilty," said sister Rebbie Jackson.

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley extended his sympathies to the Jackson family.

"We want to extend our personal sympathies to the Jackson family, especially to Prince, Paris and Blanket. They have lost their beloved father. Nothing can make up for that loss," Cooley said.

The jury was not asked to determine whether Murray actually gave Jackson the fatal dose, only whether he was primarily responsible for the singer's death.

Jackson was about to mount a series of heavily promoted concerts in London that he hoped would cement a legacy larger than that of Elvis Presley or the Beatles.

"We have to be phenomenal," Jackson said about his "This Is It" concerts in London. "When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life. Go. Go. I've never seen nothing like this. Go. It's amazing. He's the greatest entertainer in the world."'

The jury deliberated for less than nine hours over the span of two days before returning with a guilty verdict.

The five women and seven men have remained anonymous during the duration of the trial, but they were caught on tape leaving on Monday after the verdict. They had been shuttled back and forth from a parking lot to the courthouse every day.

None of the jurors have spoken publicly about the verdict.

View photos from courtroom when verdict was read in the Conrad Murray trial.


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