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'Jail Jacko doctor for at least four years'

PRESECUTORS who have depicted Michael Jackson's doctor as remorseless for the star's death have urged a judge to jail him for four years.

But a defence lawyer said Dr Conrad Murray was in a prison of self-punishment and should receive probation.

The opposing sentencing memos were filed in advance of Murray's sentencing hearing in Los Angeles next Tuesday.

Murray has been in jail since he was convicted on November 7 of involuntary manslaughter for 50-year-old Jackson's fatal overdose of the anaesthetic propofol in June 2009.

Prosecutors David Walgren and Deborah Brazil wrote that Murray (58) had shown no remorse for Jackson's death and had blamed others, including Jackson himself.







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They cited a series of interviews with Murray that they submitted to superior court judge Michael Pastor on a DVD.

In one excerpt, Murray states: "I don't feel guilty because I did not do anything wrong."

Defence lawyer Nareg Gourjian, citing letters of praise from Murray's former patients, said: "There is no question that the death of his patient, Mr Jackson, was unintentional and an enormous tragedy for everyone.

"Dr Murray has been described as a changed, grief-stricken man, who walks around under a pall of sadness since the loss of his patient, Mr Jackson."

Mr Gourjian said Murray would never stop punishing himself over Jackson's loss.

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