Singer's mum says sentence won't bring late pop star back
Michael Jackson‘s mother Katherine Jackson has claimed that the four years in jail Dr Conrad Murray has been sentenced to for the involuntary manslaughter of her son isn’t enough.
Yesterday (November 29), Murray was given the maximum jail term by Judge Michael Pastor, three weeks after he was found guilty of administering his patient with a lethal dose of the drug Propofol.
However, according to Music-news.com, Katherine said that the sentence still would not help compensate for the loss of her son.
She told reporters:
Four years is not enough for someone’s son. It won’t bring him back but at least he got the maximum.
The singer’s family also issued a public statement through their attorney Brian Panish which was read before the sentencing. “As Michael’s parents, we never imagined we would live to witness his passing,” it said. “There is no way to describe the loss of our beloved son, father and friend.”
Pastor also ordered Murray to pay Jackson’s three children an amount somewhere in the region of $100 million (£64 million), for their father’s funeral arrangements and loss of earnings for the This Is It concerts which were due to take place the summer after his death in June 2009.
The judge reportedly told the courtroom at the sentencing: “There are those who feel Dr Murray is a saint. There are those who feel Dr Murray is the devil. He’s neither. He’s a human being. He stands convicted of the death of another human being.”