LOS ANGELES -- The doctor convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson was sentenced to the maximum four years behind bars Tuesday by a judge who denounced him as a reckless physician whose actions were a "disgrace to the medical profession."
Conrad Murray sat stoically with his hands crossed as Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor repeatedly chastised him for what he called a "horrific violation of trust" while caring for Jackson.
However, Pastor conceded that his sentence was constrained by a recent change in California law that requires Murray to serve his sentence in county jail rather than state prison.
Sheriff's officials later said Murray will serve a little less than two years housed in a one-man cell and kept away from other prisoners.
"This is going to be a real test of our criminal justice system to see if it's meaningful at all," District Attorney Steve Cooley said.