Conrad Murray blows a kiss to an unidentified member of the courtroom audience during his sentencing for the involuntary manslaughter of singer Michael Jackson at the Los Angeles Superior Court on November 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mario Anzuoni-Pool/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Dr. Conrad Murray is remanded into custody after the jury returned with a guilty verdict in his involuntary manslaughter trial at the Los Angeles Superior Court on November 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Murray was convicted in the 2009 death of pop singer Michael Jackson from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. Sentencing will take place November 29. (Photo by Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images)
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Michael Jackson's doctor sentenced to 4 years

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LOS ANGELES - The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson has been sentenced to the maximum term of four years behind bars.

Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday, three weeks after a jury convicted the cardiologist of involuntary manslaughter. The judge chastised him for a "horrific violation of trust" in caring for Jackson.

Prosecutors had urged the judge to sentence the doctor to the maximum, arguing his treatment of Jackson with a powerful anesthetic ended the life of the King of Pop and left his three children without a father.

Attorneys for the 58-year-old Murray argued that probation was a more appropriate sentence, given his lack of a criminal history and the fact he will lose his medical license.

Murray could serve half of the four years because of overcrowding in California jails.

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