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Conrad Murray lawyers ask for probation

Dr. Conrad Murray is seen at his involuntary manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011.
November 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Attorneys for Conrad Murray have filed court papers seeking probation for the doctor for his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the 2009 death of pop singer Michael Jackson.

Murray, 58, was convicted Nov. 7 in Michael Jackson's June 25, 2009, overdose death from the anesthetic propofol.

Murray is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday and could face up to four years in prison.

Defense attorneys cited the increased cost to the state in incarcerating Murray in protective custody. They also cite Murray's humble background and state he is not a dangerous person.

In court papers, defense attorneys asked for consideration of the "sum total of the contributions" made by Murray, and for a "sentence of probation with substantial community service as a means of repaying his debt to society."

Court papers show the prosecution has recommended "the defendant be sentenced to state prison for 4 years, be ordered to pay appropriate restitution to Michael Jackson's children, and be ordered to pay all requisite fines under the law."

The prosecution estimates restitution, including Jackson's projected earnings from the 50-concert "This Is It" tour and associated funeral expenses, totals nearly $102 million.


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