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Conrad Murray lawyers say they will appeal guilty verdict

Dr. Conrad Murray listens during testimony by Dr. Robert Waldman, an addiction specialist, during the final stage of his involuntary manslaughter trial in Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. Murray has pleaded not guilty and faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical licenses if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death. CBS

Conrad Murray getting handcuffed after quilty verdict
Conrad Murray getting handcuffed after quilty verdict in Los Angeles Superior Court, Monday, Nov. 7, 2011
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(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - A lawyer for Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray says his manslaughter conviction will be appealed.

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Murray's lead defense attorney Ed Chernoff said the guilty verdict was a disappointment. 

Although Conrad Murray was "devastated" by Monday's guilty verdict, he is "confident" he will win an appeal, defense lawyer Nareg Gourjian said, according to CNN

However, Murray's lawyers say they must first deal with their client's sentencing.

"What matters most right now is trying to keep Dr. Murray from taking up a prison cell in this community," said Chernoff, CNN reports. "That's what we're focusing on right now and we'll deal with an appeal after that."

Murray was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's 2009 death. Murray had admitted to giving Jackson a powerful operating-room anesthetic as a sleep aid.

Murray was denied bail and taken into custody immediately after his conviction. He faces sentencing later this month.

The verdict, after less than nine hours of deliberations, could bring up to four years in prison for Murray.

Prosecutors had portrayed Murray as an incompetent doctor who used the anesthetic propofol without adequate safeguards, and whose neglect left Jackson abandoned as he lay dying.

Complete coverage of the Conrad Murray - Michael Jackson case on CBS News
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