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Verdict reached in case of Michael Jackson doctor Conrad Murray

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. Pool,AP Photo/Paul Buck

Dr. Conrad Murray
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(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - After less than two days of deliberations, a jury has reached a verdict Monday in the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson's doctor. Court officials say the verdict will be read at about 4 p.m. EST.

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Prosecutors depicted Murray as a reckless physician who abandoned Jackson while he was under the effects of the powerful anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009.

Attorneys for the Houston-based cardiologist countered that Jackson was addicted to the drug and self-administered the fatal dose when Murray left his bedroom.

Murray agreed to become Jackson's personal physician as the singer prepared for a series of comeback concerts in 2009.

Murray did not testify during the trial but previously acknowledged to police that he gave Jackson propofol and other sedatives on the morning the singer died.

If convicted, Dr. Conrad Murray faces a sentence ranging from probation to four years in prison in the death of Michael Jackson. The sentence will be decided by Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor; the judge will receive input from attorneys for both sides and probation officials, if necessary.

The judge could consider that Murray is a defendant with no prior criminal record, a circumstance that might mitigate in favor of probation.

Because of AB109, a recent California prison realignment bill, Murray probably would not go to state prison. If given a prison sentence, he would most likely serve it in the county jail because of prison overcrowding. There has been speculation that he would be allowed to serve a term of house arrest.

The penal code calls for a convicted defendant to be sentenced in 20 days, but he could waive that time while his attorneys prepare a motion for new trial and an appeal. He could remain free on bail during that period.

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

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