Dr. Conrad Murray, who was Michael Jackson’s personal physician when Jackson died in 2009, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter this afternoon in California. Murray faces up to four years in prison for the crime, and he’s being held without bail until his 11/29 sentencing. The jury found that Murray, who’d prescribed Jackson the surgical anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid, was criminally negligent.
CNN reports that the crowd outside the courthouse erupted into cheers when the verdict was announced. I sympathize. As a Michael Jackson fan, four years in prison doesn’t seem long enough, considering that this guy essentially robbed us of one of the greatest figures in pop-music history right around the time he was getting ready to reemerge. If you’ve seen the Jackson documentary This Is It, you know that guy still had some magic left in him when he passed.