Michael Jackson - Jacksons Slam Murray's 'Pitiful' Sentence
Michael Jackson's mother Katherine and his brother Jermaine have condemned DR. Conrad Murray's four-year prison sentence as "pitiful", insisting the punishment is not enough.
Earlier this month (Nov11), the medic was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic propofol which cost the King of Pop his life in 2009.
Murray returned to court in Los Angeles on Tuesday (29Nov11) and Judge Michael Pastor sentenced him to the maximum punishment of four years behind bars.
However, Jackson family matriarch Katherine insists the prison sentence is not long enough, telling reporters outside the court, "Four years is not enough for someone's life. It won't bring him (Michael) back but at least he got the maximum."
The Thriller hitmaker's brother Jermaine is also angry about the ruling as he still believes the physician should have faced a more severe second-degree murder charge.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "What happened yesterday was not justice. True justice shouldn't feel as empty and pointless as this. Justice is not having some clown of a doctor act so criminally negligent with Michael's life that he ends up killing him... then receives such a pitiful sentence. That's not natural justice...
"Dr Conrad Murray (should have been) charged with, and convicted of, second-degree murder and sent down for decades... I don't blame Judge Michael Pastor. The maximum sentence could only be four years by law... Judge Pastor's hands were tied and he gave him the maximum sentence, but four years feels woefully insufficient."
However, Jermaine hopes Murray feels remorse for his actions while he is incarcerated.
He adds, "I just hope that for every long day that Murray does serve in jail, he is haunted by what he's done in the same way we've been haunted by what he didn't do - keep Michael healthy and alive. Murray's recklessness has robbed our family of a son, brother and uncle. It has deprived Prince, Paris and Blanket of a wonderful father who doted on them."