Jermaine Jackson talks about Conrad Murray verdict: 'It wasn't enough time'
Jermaine Jackson stopped by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to talk about his recent book about his brother Michael Jackson titled, "You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through A Brother's Eyes." However, the former Jackson 5 performer began his segment, which aired on Wednesday, discussing the verdict in the Conrad Murray trial.
Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson on November 7. Murray will be sentenced on November 29 and could face up to four years in prison.
"It's a relief, for my mother, the fans, his children," Jermaine Jackson said in his interview, which can be seen below, about hearing the verdict. He added about the verdict's maximum four-year prison sentence, "I feel like it wasn't enough time. It wasn't enough time and the fact that the negligence and reliving all of that..."
"I think the sentencing was very soft. I mean you would probably do more time if you stole. If you went into the hospital and stole cases of propofol you would probably do more time then," Jermaine later said. "And to give him two years for taking a life. Forget about Michael Jackson but taking anyone's life. But it happens to be my brother who loved the world and loved people and did so much for the world. He cared about people, human beings, children."
When DeGeneres asked Jermaine Jackson about the possibility that his brother Michael Jackson could have hidden an addiction to propofol, which ultimately caused the pop star's death, Jermaine Jackson said, "No, he wasn't addicted. There was an addiction to Demerol in 2001 in the early 2000s but that was because of pain. Even during the autopsy reports there was no addiction to any of that."
"Michael just wanted to sleep. He did not want to die. He trusted the doctor," he added.Murray was booked less than an hour after a Los Angeles jury announced its unanimous guilty verdict on November 7 and is to remain behind bars until his sentencing on November 29. He was denied the possibility of being freed on bail. No booking photo has yet been released.
The jury had deliberated the fate of the doctor, a 58-year-old Grenada-born cardiologist who had treated the singer at his home on the day he died, for a total of about eight and a half hours after a six-week trial.
After the verdict was read, Murray appeared stone-faced and a single squeal was heard inside the courtroom (watch video).
Another one of the doctor's lawyers, Michael Flanaghan, told OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company, KABC Television after the verdict was read: "Well, certainly there'll be an appeal. I'm sympathetic for (the Jackson's family's) loss, a tremendous loss."
Autopsy results show that Jackson died at age 50 on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic that the singer referred to as his "milk," and other sedatives. Murray had administered the drugs to Jackson in the hours before his death. The King of Pop had suffered a cardiac arrest at his rented Los Angeles home and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The jurors are made up of seven men and five women (check out more details about them). Under California law, for the next 90 days, they are banned from being paid for talking about the trial.
Check out a summary of the Conrad Murray trial proceedings as well as a video of the verdict being read in court on November 7 and the doctor's reaction.