Dr Conrad Murray, who has been sentenced to four years in prison for Michael Jackson’s death will likely serve only half of his four-year sentence due to a recent change in California law.
Under the new law, non-violent felony offenders can serve their time in county jail instead of state prison.
Officials from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said the cardiologist, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, would more than likely be released in two years due to factors such as jail overcrowding.
District Attorney Steve Cooley said he was considering asking Judge Michael Pastor to modify the sentence so Murray’s crime could be reclassified as a serious felony, which would then send Murray into the state prison system, where he would serve the entire four years of his sentence.
“This is going to be a real test of our criminal justice system to see if it’s meaningful at all,” ABC News quoted him as saying.
However, the judge acknowledged he had no control of how much of the four year sentence the doctor would actually serve, saying it was out of his hands due to California law.