Dr. Conrad Murray Given Maximum Sentence (VIDEO)

Conrad Murray Sentenced to 4 years

After nearly six weeks of testimony and several gasp-inducing courtroom moments, Judge Michael Pastor basically threw the book at Dr. Conrad Murray, but it was not enough! Four years in prison for  involuntary manslaughter? The worst part is that because of a new California law, he will most likely only serve half. Both Joseph Jackson and Michael’s mother, Katherine, were at the court to hear the verdict, along with several of the singer’s siblings. TMZ has more of the story below:

The judge was angry, talking repeatedly about Dr. Murray’s documentary in which he laid the blame at Michael Jackson’s doorstep. The documentary clearly weighed in the judge’s decision to give Murray the max.

As for restitution, Judge Pastor ordered Dr. Murray to pay “appropriate restitution” to the Estate and to MJ’s kids at a later date … but the judge seemed dubious about the $100 million request by the prosecution.

Judge Pastor ruled Murray must pay an $800 fine, a $30 court security fee, and a $40 criminal conviction assessment.

Judge Pastor said, “There are those who feel Dr. Murray is a saint. There are those who feel he’s the devil. He is neither. He’s a human being.”

Judge Pastor says it’s irrelevant to him that Michael might have met this fate with some other doctor. The fact is, Pastor said, Michael Jackson died because of the actions of … Dr. Murray.”

The judge said he looked at Murray’s whole life, and he was impressed. But he added Dr. Murray’s recklessness with Jackson overshadowed the doc’s good deeds, calling the treatment, “a cycle of horrible medicine.”

The Judge noted, “Dr. Murray engaged in a recurring, continuous pattern of deceit and lies.”

The Judge was incredulous, saying far from being remorseful, “There’s umbrage and outrage on the part of Dr. Murray against the decedent.” The judge was making note of Murray’s critical comments about MJ in his recently-aired documentary.

In the end, the judge said, “Dr. Murray abandoned his patient,” calling his conduct “egregious” and “a disgrace to the medical profession.”

Brian Panish, attorney for Jackson family, read a statement: “We still look at each other in disbelief. Is it really possible he is gone?” The statement goes on … “We are not here to seek revenge. There is nothing you can do here today that will bring Michael back.” In terms of the sentence, the family said: “We respectfully request you impose a sentence that reminds physicians they cannot sell their services to the highest bidder.”

Prosecutor David Walgren, who asked the judge to impose the maximum, 4-year prison sentence, reminded the judge … Dr. Murray repeatedly lied to authorities about the events in the bedroom where Michael died. He also noted the recklessness of Murray’s medical treatment. Walgren called Murray’s treatment a “pharmaceutical experiment.” Walgren said, “The defendant was playing Russian Roulette with Michael Jackson’s life every single night.”

Walgren also asked for $100 million in restitution for MJ’s kids, because that’s what Michael Jackson would have made in the “This Is It” tour. Walgren also wanted Murray to pay a fair amount for the $1.8 million funeral.

Murray’s lawyer, Ed Chernoff, told Judge Pastor, Dr. Murray did not want to address the court, but the lawyer said no doubt Jackson’s death is a tragedy that demands punishment, but Murray’s “book of life” is much better than this one chapter. Chernoff noted Murray was born “dirt poor” in Grenada and led an exemplary life that made him a cardiologist. But Chernoff noted Murray “will always be known as the guy who killed Michael Jackson.” Chernoff did say, “Michael Jackson was a drug seeker, and Dr. Murray was wrong in providing it.”

As for restitution … Chernoff shockingly never addressed the obvious — that Jackson is worth more dead than alive. All he said was Murray couldn’t afford to pay it..

TMZ also has the court room video footage below:

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Funnyman Patrice O’Neal Dead at 41

Patrice Oneal Dead

Amerian stand-up comedian and radio personality, Patrice O’Neal died yesterday following complications after suffering a stroke in October 2011.

O’Neal performed at the “Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen” back in September, not long before he had the stroke. He was a regular guest on the “Opie and Anthony” radio show.

O’Neal was one of those hard-edged comedian who talked a lot about relationships and sex in his act, and was known for being brutally honest when it comes to talking about men, women, dating and sex.

Robert Wagner Responsible for Natalie Wood’s Death?

Robert Wagner Responsible for Natalie Wood's Death

Is Robert Wagner responsible for Natalie Wood’s death? The captain, Dennis Davern, of the boat that Wood was on with Wagner, the day she drowned, claims that Wagner was indeed responsible for her death. These accusations from the captain come after detectives reopen the investigation surrounding Wood’s disappearance.

This morning on “TODAY” Davern admitted that he lied on a report years ago but wouldn’t say anything else about some new evidence that he offered to authorities.

The Daily News has more:

It was a matter of “We’re not going to look too hard, we’re not going to turn on the search light, we’re not going to notify anybody right at the moment,” said Davern, who admitted he lied to authorities following the tragic incident.

“I made some terrible decisions and mistakes,” he acknowledged Friday. “I did lie on a report years ago. I made mistakes by not telling the honest truth in a police report.”

When Davern was asked if Wagner was “responsible” for Wood’s death, Davern said, “Yes I would say so.”

Davern insisted he wasn’t out to make a buck.

“I’m not in it for any kind of profit,” he said. “I’m in for the justice of the whole situation.”

Wizard of Oz: Munchkin Dies At 93

WIzard of OzOne of the last surviving Munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz”, Karl Slover dies at 93. Standing at 4-foot-5, Slover was one of the tiniest male Munchkins, he died of cardiopulmonary arrest earlier this week in a Georgia hospital.

Slover was best known for playing the lead trumpeter in the Munchkins’ band but also had other roles; townsman and soldier.

ABC News has more: “Long after Slover retired, he continued to appear around the country at festivals and events related to the movie. He was one of seven Munchkins at the 2007 unveiling of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to the little people in the movie. Only three remain of the 124 diminutive actors who played the beloved Munchkins.

“He has a genuine immortality,” Fricke said. “Of the 124 little people, he’s one of the handful who got to enjoy this latter-day fame, to have people know who he was and be able to pick him out of the crowd in the movie.”

Slover is the first of the three trumpeters to herald the Munchkin mayor when he makes his entrance. Slover had been cast to play the second trumpeter but switched when another actor got stage fright during filming, said longtime friend Allen Pease, the co-founder of the former Munchkinland Market Days outside Chesterton, Ind. ”Karl didn’t know what stage fright meant,” he said.

Wizard of Oz Muchkin Dies

Jamaican Rap Legend Dead: Heavy D, One Of The Most Influential Rappers

Rap legend Heavy D
Jamaican rap legend Heavy D, died earlier today. According to TMZ, the 44 year old was rushed to the hospital at noon and pronounced dead shortly there after. TMZ has more:

We’ve learned a 911 call was placed from Heavy’s Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM to report an unconscious male on the walkway .

When help arrived, we’re told Heavy D was conscious and speaking — and was transported to a nearby hospital. He died a short time later. Cops are investigating the death — and so far, there are no obvious signs of foul play. Police are currently at the home.

Heavy D was a hip hop group which included G-Whiz (Glen Parrish), “Trouble T. Roy” (Troy Dixon), and Eddie F (Edward Ferrell). The group was most popular in the 90′s but recently ventured into reggae music and can now be described as a reggae fusion artist.

60 Minutes Legendary Commentator – Andy Rooney Dies at 92

60 Minutes Legendary Commentator - Andy Rooney Dies at 92

“60 Minutes” legendary commentator, Andy Rooney, has passed away at 92 years old. The cantankerous commentator was in hospital last week after developing ”serious complications” following minor surgery but was in stable condition, according to CBS. Rooney was most notable for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney”.

Rooney’s first appearance on 60 Minutes was in 1978, his final regular appearance aired October 2, 2011

“It’s a sad day at ’60 Minutes’ and for everybody here at CBS News,” said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of “60 Minutes.” “It’s hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much.”

One of his most famous commentaries. “Dogs are nicer than people.”

Willy Wonka Actor Dead at 87

Willy Wonka Actor Dead at 87

Leonard Stone, who has played supporting roles in over 120 television shows and 35 films since 1956 and was probably most famous for his role as Violet Beauregarde’s dad in the 1971 classic, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” passed away yesterday from cancer at the age of 87 the day before his 88 birthday.

Stone also appeared in twelve episodes of the L.A. Law as Judge Paul Hanson and appeared as an ordinary, non-celebrity contestant on the popular Wheel of Fortune, where he won $4,250 in cash and a trip to Bermuda.

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