Los Angeles County prosecutors plan to seek the maximum sentence for Dr. Conrad Murray for the death of Michael Jackson.
In a memo written earlier this week, prosecutors asked that Murray be given the maximum sentence of four years behind bars. In addition to the maximum prison sentence, prosecutors are seeking a more-than-$100 million compensation award for Jackson's three children: Prince, Paris and Blanket.
Judge Michael Pastor, who has overseen the trial, is expected to hand down Murray's sentence next week, less than one month after the Houston doctor was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop superstar.
The defense painted a picture of a very remorseful and sorrowful Murray in a memo challenging the prosecutors' suggested sentencing. The defense are proposing that he be given community service and probation rather than jail time and steep fines.
Murray, whose 20-year career in medicine may have been abruptly ended by the recent guilty verdict, is not a danger to public safety, said the defense's memo. In addition, the defense argued that placing Murray in a penitentiary "may mean that someone else with higher potential for violence will be released."
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