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After deliberating for nearly 10 hours, the jury in the Michael Jackson involuntary manslaughter trial involving Dr. Conrad Murray delivered a guilty verdict Monday.
Judge Micael Pastor could give Murray up to four years in prison and take away his medical license, when he returns to court on Nov. 29 for sentencing.
Murray was removed from the courtroom in handcuffs and taken to jail where he will await sentencing.
The jury's verdict was read shortly after 4 p.m. ET when court was reconvened.
The jury consisted of seven men and five women, who were asked individually by Judge Michael Pastor about the decision on Murray's guilty verdict in the death of the late pop star.
Jackson, 50, died at his Los Angeles mansion on June 25, 2009, from a fatal dose of propofol, a very powerful anesthetic said to normally be administered in hospitals.
Prosecutors alleged that Murray, 58, gave Jackson excessive amounts of propofol when the pop legend claimed he needed to sleep.
"Conrad Murray caused the death of Michael Jackson!" deputy DA David Walgren said in his closing arguments last week, according to the New York Post.
The Houston, Texas, doctor's defense attorneys tried to convince jurors that Jackson gave himself the fatal dose of propofol.
"They want you to convict Dr. Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson," defense lawyer Ed Chernoff said. "This is not a reality show. It is reality."
Laws aimed at overcrowded prisons could mean a convicted Murray spends only a few actual months behind bars, the NY Post reported.
The Associated Press reported that the jurors were "white, black and Hispanic, mostly middle-aged and live in an assortment of suburbs in the Los Angeles urban sprawl. Most have children and some have grandchildren," also noting that "they include a professor, postman, bus driver, actor and movie animation supervisor."
Observers of the closely-watched trial had already offered their predictions of the jury's verdict on Twitter before the guilty verdict was announced.
Lil Duval wrote: "I'm willing to bet one whole dollar that conrad Murray be found not guilty. What up?"
Justin Stangel wrote: "Jury has reached a verdict in Conrad Murray trial. I hope they find him guilty & say he's not allowed to kill any more celebrities."
Journalist Toure also made his prediction, tweeting Friday, the first day of the jury's deliberation: "The Conrad Murray jury couldn't reach a decision today. Still my guess is guilty of involuntary manslaughter."
Some media outlets streamed the verdict live online at 4 p.m. ET, including CBS News.