Official: Jackson's doctor to serve about 2 years

ANTHONY McCARTNEY AP Entertainment Writer Published:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sheriff's officials say the doctor sentenced to four years in jail for causing Michael Jackson's death will serve a little less than two years behind bars.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida says Dr. Conrad Murray will be housed in a one-man cell and kept away from other prisoners.

She says the doctor's involuntary manslaughter sentence is automatically being cut in half due to state laws.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor sentenced Murray to the maximum four-year term after delivering blistering remarks about the physician's treatment of Jackson.

Pastor acknowledged that the exact amount of time the 59-year-old Murray will be incarcerated is beyond his control.

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