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Jackson doctor granted early release

AFP-JIJI

Michael Jackson’s former doctor, Conrad Murray, was released from jail Monday after serving two years of a four-year sentence for the late pop icon’s death in 2009, officials said.

Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for giving Jackson the drug that killed him, evaded Jackson fans and cameramen as he left the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles shortly after midnight. His release was brought forward due to good behavior and prison overcrowding.

The 60-year-old physician eluded hecklers outside the prison, where a small group of Jackson fans booed his release.

“My client received the maximum term possible,” said his lawyer Valerie Wass, who is expected to represent Murray in an appeal against his conviction, filed in April this year. “This is a man that had no (criminal) prior record. He had 20 years of exemplary service as a physician. . . . They didn’t let him out a minute early,” she added.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol at his rented mansion in the plush Holmby Hills district west of Los Angeles.