Michael Jackson's Sister La Toya: He "Was Looking Over Us"

Celebrity News Nov. 7, 2011 AT 6:44PM
Michael Jackson's Sister La Toya: He "Was Looking Over Us" Credit: L. Cohen/WireImage.com

It was a bittersweet day for the Jackson family.

Monday afternoon Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of of involuntary manslaughter in the June 2009 death of Michael Jackson. The late King of Pop's sister La Toya tweeted "VICTORY!" shortly after the verdict was read.

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"Michael was looking over us," the 55-year-old told an Associated Press reporter on her way out of the courtroom. "Absolutely justice was served." 

"Michael, I love you, and I will continue to fight until ALL are brought to justice," she tweeted.

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Michael's parents Katherine and Joe told TMZ in a statement they were "ecstatic" by Murray's guilty verdict. "We have been waiting for this moment for a very long time, and we couldn't hold back tears of joy in the courtroom," Katherine, 81, and Joe, 83, told the site.

Katherine, who is the guardian of Michael's children Paris, 13, Michael, 14, and Blanket, 9, told an Associated Press reporter on her way out of the courtroom: "I feel better now."

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Family friend Reverend Al Sharpton told reporters he felt "that more punishment could and should have been served," but he was "pleased that this jury didn't blame Michael for his own death."

"I feel that Dr. Murray and others who benefited from Michael but didn't protect him got off relatively lightly," Sharpton, 57, added. "Michael lost his life and we lost one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived. I lost a friend and will never forget him."

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Murray, 58, was removed from the courtroom in handcuffs and taken to jail without bail. His sentencing is set for Nov. 29.

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