Conrad Murray, 60, the man convicted of causing Michael Jackson’s death, was released from jail on Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.

The former physician was convicted in 2011 of providing the star with an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, which Jackson was told to use as a sleep aide. The pop icon had been rehearsing for a comeback tour at the time of his death in June 2009.

Murray is currently appealing his conviction, which has suspended or revoked his medical license in three states. His attorney Valerie Wass spoke to reporters outside the jail this morning saying, “They didn’t release him one minute early. I’m just happy he’s finally out.”

According to sources in the medical community, propofol is intended strictly for surgical settings and to be used as a short-acting anesthesia, not as a sleep aide.

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Protestors display signs outside the jail this morning