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MJ doctor gets four years in prison

MUMBAI: Dr Conrad Hunt, who was convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson, has been sentenced to a maximum of four years in prison.


The doctor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a six-week trial that presented the most detailed account yet of Jackson‘s final hours but left many questions about the doctor‘s treatment of the superstar with an operating-room anesthetic as he battled chronic insomnia.


It may be noted that Hunt told detectives he had been giving the singer nightly doses of propofol to help him sleep as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts. Propofol is supposed to be used in hospital settings and has never been approved for sleep treatments, yet Hunt acknowledged giving it to Jackson then leaving the room on the day the singer died.


The doctor declined to testify during his trial but did opt to participate in a documentary in which he said he didn‘t consider himself guilty of any crime and blamed Jackson for entrapping him into administering the propofol doses.


In their sentencing memorandum, prosecutors cited Hunt‘s statements to advocate that he receive the maximum term. They also want him to pay restitution to the singer‘s three children Prince, Paris and Blanket.


However, it‘s unlikely that Hunt would be able to pay any sizable sum including the $1.8 million cost of Jackson‘s funeral.

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