A crowd of boisterous Michael Jackson fans gathered outside the Los Angeles County Jail early Monday morning to protest Dr. Conrad Murray’s release.
Murray was set free at 12:01 a.m. after serving two years of a four-year sentence, said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the county sheriff’s department.
The 60-year-old left the jail under sheriff’s escort, most likely through a back exit, to avoid the crowd of reporters and Jackson fans gathered outside.
He was released early for good behavior, Whitmore said.
Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in November 2011 for his role in Jackson’s death.
Jackson was found dead in 2009 at his rented mansion in Holmby Hills.
The coroner’s office later determined his death was caused by acute propofol intoxication.
Murray’s defense team insisted that Jackson gave himself the fatal dosage.
But the jury found that Murray acted with criminal negligence and contributed to Jackson’s death.