conrad_murray_3.jpgmichael_jackson_4.jpgMichael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison over his role in the June 2009 death of the music legend.

Murray may only have to serve about half of the sentence due to overcrowding in California prisons. He as convicted of involuntary manslaughter earlier this month following a six-week trial. Conrad gave Jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol to treat chronic insomnia.

Several members of Jackson's family, including mother Katherine and siblings LaToya, Jermaine, Randy and Rebbie, attended the proceedings. Before the sentencing, a representative read a statement on requesting the maximum four-year sentenced for Murray.

Prosecutors had asked that Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor sentence Murray to the maximum four-year term, as well. Murray's defense attorneys sought probation their client.

During the investigation into Jackson's death, Murray told detectives he had been giving Jackson 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 Murray acknowledged giving it to Jackson then leaving the room on the day the singer died.


*Pictured above is Conrad Murray, left, an the late Michael Jackson, right.