Dr. Conrad Murray, 60, has been released early from jail after serving two years of a four-year sentence for his role in the death of music legend Michael Jackson.
Murray was released at 12:00 AM PST.
After a highly publicized trial in November 2011, he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for administering a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to Jackson in his home, allegedly to help with his insomnia.
At the time of Murray’s sentencing, prosecutors said that it was appropriate under the circumstances and noted it was unlikely he would serve more than half that time.
“Michael Jackson died because of a totality of circumstances directly attributable to the defendant,” the motion said. Murray had practiced “a form of highly dangerous and experimental medicine that directly resulted in Mr. Jackson’s death,” it added.
“Based on his failure to accept responsibility for the decisions he made, his complete lack of remorse and lack of insight into the danger of his criminally negligent conduct, he remains a danger to the community,” the motion stated.
During the trial, it was revealed that Jackson referred to propofol as his “milk” and insisted that he could not sleep without it.
Murray consistently denied any wrong-doing, calling Jackson “desperate and deceptive” for not telling him that he had a history of addiction.
“I only wish maybe in our dealings with each other he would have been more forthcoming and honest to tell me these things about himself,” he said in a ‘Today’ interview days before his conviction.
Fans, and members of the Jackson family, had expressed their anger at the possibility of Murray’s early release.