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Doctor convicted in Michael Jackson’s death leaves jail

Conrad Murray served nearly two years of a four-year sentence in California.

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Conrad Murray served nearly two years of a four-year sentence in California.

LOS ANGELES — The doctor convicted of causing the death of Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.

Conrad Murray was released after a change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut.

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The former cardiologist was convicted in 2011 of providing the superstar with an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid in June 2009, leading to his death. Jackson was in the midst of preparations for a series of comeback concerts and Murray was serving as his personal physician.

Murray’s prospects are uncertain. At age 60 his license to practice medicine has been suspended or revoked in three states and his face and name are well known due to his association with Jackson and his highly publicized involuntary manslaughter trial.

The former doctor is appealing his conviction, although an appeals court has questioned whether it still needed to address sentencing issues.

Correction: Because of an error by the Associated Press, an earlier version of this story about the release from prison of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, mischaracterized what the appeals court was questioning. The court questioned whether it still needed to address sentencing issues, not the entire appeal.

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