November 24, 2011 8:36

Prosecutors call for Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray to be jailed for four years

Physician was convicted of involuntary manslaughter of singer earlier this month

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Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray should be sent to prison for four years after being convicted of his involuntary manslaughter, prosecutors have argued.

Prosecutors for the state of California have urged a judge to hand out the maximum sentence allowed in his case, along with forcing Murray to pay restitution to the late singer's children, reports BBC News.

Murray could also lose his licence to practice medicine after the conviction, which came at the end of a six week trial where 49 witnesses spoke and 300 pieces of evidence presented.

However, a new California law, which was passed to limit overcrowding in prisons, could limit the doctor's sentence.

Adopted last month, the law puts low risk offenders to county fails, which have been releasing inmates early.

Lawyers working for Murray have requested that he is kept on probation rather than jailed, after arguing he is serving "a lifetime sentence of self-punishment".

A sentencing hearing will take place next Tuesday (November 29), where Judge Michael Pastor is set to announce Murray's punishment.

Jackson died on June 25 2009 from an overdose of powerful drug propofol.

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