(LOS ANGELES) — Dr. Conrad Murray, convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, will have to remain behind bars while he appeals his conviction, a judge said Friday.
Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor denied the request of Murray’s attorneys to release him on bail while he appeals his four year sentence. Pastor called Murray a flight risk and a danger to society if he ever practiced medicine again, the Associated Press reported.
Murray, 59, was not present at the hearing.
The former doctor of the King of Pop has been serving his four year sentence in solitary confinement at the Los Angeles County Jail.
Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for injecting Jackson with a lethal amount of the drug propofol.
Despite receiving the maximum sentence, Murray will likely serve only half of his four-year jail sentence due to a recent change in California law that allows non-violent felony offenders to serve their time in county jail instead of state prison.
Officials from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said the former cardiologist would more than likely be released in two years due to factors such as jail overcrowding.
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