Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in early November after a six-week trial. He was remanded without bail and has been behind bars at the L.A. County Jail since then.
The Jackson family will be given the opportunity to speak at today’s hearing; it’s not clear whether they will.
Outside the courthouse the day Murray was convicted, Jackson’s mother, Katherine, declared, “Justice is served.” Although she told CNN she would like Murray to receive the maximum punishment, she added, “I don't believe that [Murray] intended for Michael to die. ... He was just taking a chance.”
The prosecution has asked for Murray be sentenced to four years in state prison, according to the Associated Press. Murray could serve just half of that in prison, because of overcrowding. They have also asked for restitution for Jackson’s three children to the tune of over $100 million, according to the L.A. Times. This sum includes funeral costs and wages Jackson would have earned during his comeback tour.
The defense has asked for probation. Murray probably will lose his medical license.
In an interview with the “Today” show, conducted sometime near the end of the trial, Murray maintained his complete innocence: “I do not feel guilty because I did not do anything wrong.” The doctor claimed Jackson was an addict who withheld information from him.
Watch a live stream of the sentencing here beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern.