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Conrad Murray's First Night Behind Bars

After his conviction Michael Jackson's former doctor spent his first night behind bars at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility.



    Conrad Murray Begins His 2nd Night Behind Bars

    Murray will be jailed for at least 3 weeks before sentencing.NBC4's Patrick Healy reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011)

    Dr. Conrad Murray is now one of the 2,000 plus inmates at Twin Towers Correctional Facility.

    Murray was taken into custody Monday immediately after his conviction on an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of pop star Michael Jackson. He was initially in the medical resource center of the building, known as the Correctional Treatment Center, because he is considered a high-profile inmate.

    Atuthorities determined he was "not suicidal, not depressed," clearing him to be moved to an individual cell to await his sentencing. Murray will be moved to a single cell Tuesday afternoon, sheriff's department spokesman Steve Whitmore said. 

    As for Murray's surroundings, Bob Swann, a former probation officer and jail bondsman who has visited the facility several times to meet with clients, described the facility as "boring."

    Conrad Murray's First Night Behind Bars

    [LA] Conrad Murray's First Night Behind Bars
    After his conviction Michael Jackson's former doctor spent his first night behind bars at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility.
    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011)

    "He may have a TV. He may have a cell phone," said Bob Swann, former probation officer and jail bondsman.

    Twin Tower's many floors characterizes the type of criminal staying on them. More than likely, according to Swann, the doctor will be around criminals who committed non-threatening crimes.

    "I don't think it will be dangerous," said Swann. "He will be kept isolated to the utmost."

    The sheriff's department will be keeping a close eye on Murray. A sheriff spokesman said the doctor is a "keep-away inmate." That means a deputy will watch Murray constantly.

    The doctor will have his own cell and be kept away from the general prison population.

    "I could only consider it as boring," said Swann. "He will get a private cell, and a private area. He will get three hots and a cot like everybody else do everyday."

    Murray faces up to four years in prison and loss of his medical license. The judge has discretion to decide the sentence, but he will receive recommendations from a probation department report and both attorneys. Murray's attorney is not counting on the judge to let his client off with probation.

    "I don't know what Judge Pastor is going to do, but I don't expect him to be lenient," said Murray's defense attorney Michael Flanagan.

    It's unlikely that Murray will spend time in state prison becaues of AB109, California's prison realignment bill intended to address prison overcrowding. He would probably do time in county jail, possibly even serving a term of house arrest.

    The issue of overcrowding has meant home detention for celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton and possibly, Conrad Murray despite his more serious conviction.

    "Once Conrad Murray is sentenced, then the sheriffs have sole discretion on how to treat him," said defense attorney and legal analyst Steven Levine. "If they choose to do so, they can give him an electronic monitor the next day."

    Flanagan said a motion for a new trial is a possibility. But ironically, if that delays sentencing, it could mean more time behind bars for Murray, even if he won the motion.

    Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 29.

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