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    CURRY: All right, Jeff Rossen , thanks. Michael Jackson 's oldest sister Rebbie Jackson was in the courtroom for the verdict, she's now joining us exclusively. Rebbie , good morning to you.

    Ms. REBBIE JACKSON (Michael Jackson's Sister): Good morning.

    CURRY: Describe your emotions upon hearing this verdict and anything that Michael Jackson 's children may have said about him.

    Ms. JACKSON: Well, when I heard the verdict, I thought I was going to feel as though I got a tremendous amount of relief, but I felt really numb and not only that, I started crying profusely.

    CURRY: Do you know why?

    Ms. JACKSON: I guess because the reality of what had transpired really hit me at that point and even though he passed a few years ago, going on into the third year, I think, the problem with it was that it sort of just brought everything back to reality, and it was so much. It was just tremendous.

    CURRY: Prince, Paris , Blanket , did they say anything?

    Ms. JACKSON: I hadn't seen them because when I left the court they were still in school.

    CURRY: Hm.

    Ms. JACKSON: We went back to my mom's home.

    CURRY: Hm.

    Ms. JACKSON: But I'm sure they feel a lot of relief in relationship to him being indicted the way he was.

    CURRY: We have a clip of an interview that Dr. Murray did a few weeks ago...

    Ms. JACKSON: Mm-hmm.

    CURRY: ...with NBC's Savannah Guthrie . I want to get your reaction on the other side . Let's listen.

    Ms. JACKSON: OK.

    SAVANNAH GUTHRIE reporting: Do you remember his final words before he died?

    Dr. MURRAY: It was probably -- I don't know, but it was probably when he was pleading and begging me to please, please let him have some milk because that was the only thing that would work.

    CURRY: What do you want to say about the effort by the defense to paint your brother as an addict who contributed to his own death?

    Ms. JACKSON: Well, my problem that I have with the entire theory or the situation was the fact that the doctor took an oath in being a professional. He performed something in a private setting, you might say, that is giving -- administrating propofol, which is wrong. So no matter what the situation was, he was wrong because he's not supposed to do that.

    CURRY: Was your brother to blame at all in contributing in your view to his death?

    Ms. JACKSON: I don't think so, not at all. I don't think so.

    CURRY: You're not sure.

    Ms. JACKSON: Not at all, I don't think he contributed to the death, I don't think so, no.

    CURRY: But will you acknowledge that he did -- was an -- he was addicted to medications?

    Ms. JACKSON: He had an addiction to prescription drugs, I do know that.

    CURRY: Dr. Murray is now in jail. He could get anything from probation to four years in prison and sentencing on November 29th . What do you think should be the penalty?

    Ms. JACKSON: Well, I'm going to leave all of that in God's hands. I do know that because of the law that has recently been passed from what I understand, the jails are overcrowded so he's supposed to get up to four years. But I have been told that he might just get house arrest. I don't know. And it's sad because my brother is gone and nothing will bring him back. That's for sure.

    CURRY: Dr. Murray said he loved your brother. Do you have any sympathy for him at all?

    Ms. JACKSON: No, I don't. Not in that way I don't because if you love someone you're going to do what you think is best for them, not what they want you to do.

    CURRY: Hm. How are Michael 's childrens now -- children now, two and a half years after his death, how are they doing?

    Ms. JACKSON: They, to be very honest, they seem to be functioning fairly well. They're the new society and you might say arrangement with inter-reacting with people in the public and they're enjoying their lives as best as they can.

    CURRY: Well, that's some good news, Rebbie Jackson . Thank you so much for being with us this morning.

    Ms. JACKSON: You're welcome. Thank you for having me.

    CURRY: You bet. And we're going to have much more of our exclusive interview with Dr. Conrad Murray Friday on TODAY. And you can see the special " Michael Jackson and the Doctor" Friday night 10 PM Eastern time on MSNBC .

Image: Conrad Murrary trial
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Deputies handcuff Dr. Conrad Murray after he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson.
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TODAY contributor
updated 11/8/2011 9:34:07 AM ET 2011-11-08T14:34:07

Though Dr. Conrad Murray showed poignant emotion about Michael Jackson in an interview conducted before his involuntary manslaughter conviction yesterday, the singer's sister Rebbie made it clear Tuesday that she has no sympathy for the man she holds responsible for her brother’s death.

In an exclusive interview with TODAY conducted Oct. 30 that will be part of a MSNBC special, “Michael Jackson and the Doctor,” airing Friday, Murray choked up as he told Savannah Guthrie of Jackson’s last words before his overdose death the morning of June 25, 2009.

“It was probably when he was pleading, and begging me, to please, please, let him have some milk,” he told Guthrie. “Because that was the only thing that would work.”

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But appearing live on TODAY Tuesday, Jackson’s oldest sister, Rebbie Jackson, told Ann Curry she has little sympathy for Murray or his feelings of friendship toward her deceased brother.

“I do not (feel sympathetic),” she told Curry.  “I don’t, because if you love someone, you’re going to do what you think is best for them, not what they want you to do.”

On Monday, Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson, with 12 jurors, after 22 days of testimony, unanimously saying Murray was criminally negligent in administering the King of Pop a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol.

Video: Rebbie Jackson: No sympathy for Murray (on this page)

‘One friend’
During the two years between the initial charge and the final jury verdict, Murray’s legal team gave access to a film crew as Murray awaited his legal fate. In footage that aired Tuesday on TODAY, Murray often seemed angry and confrontational on camera, but in quieter moments talked of the bond between himself and Jackson.

“(Jackson) said, ‘Of all my life, I have found one friend, which is you, Dr. Conrad,’ ” he said.

But while Rebbie Jackson admitted to Curry her brother “had an addiction to prescription drugs — I do know that,” she said she believes Murray went against his professional oath in administrating propofol in a private setting. “So no matter what the situation was, he was wrong, because he’s not supposed to do that at all.”

Murray talks about Jackson's death in TV special

In an interview for the MSNBC special, Murray discussed Jackson’s drug dependence and his declining state in the last days of his life. “He really could not sleep,” he said. “Have you ever seen the `Thriller’ (video) image when he was made up? He looked (like that) — hysterical.

“He lived a life greater than 100 years of pain.”

Slideshow: Watch Jackson's face change over the years (on this page)

‘Nothing will bring him back’
Following Monday’s guilty verdict, Murray’s lawyers asked Judge Michael Pastor to release the doctor on bail, pending his sentencing. But Pastor ordered Murray to jail, where he spent his first night after being free on bail since charges were originally brought two years ago.

“Dr. Murray’s reckless conduct in this case poses a demonstrable risk to the safety of the public,” Pastor said in court.

While Pastor could mete out a sentence ranging from probation to four years in prison, Rebbie Jackson believes that any sentence would be small compared to her brother’s death.

“From what I understand, the jails are overcrowded … so he might just get house arrest,” she told Curry. “And it’s sad, because my brother is gone and nothing will bring him back, and that’s for sure.”

Slideshow: See photos from Michael Jackson’s life and career (on this page)

Rebbie said that the emotions she felt in the courtroom when the verdict was read Monday were not what she expected.

“I thought I was going to feel as though I got a tremendous amount of relief, but I felt really numb, and not only that, I started crying profusely,” she told Curry.

“Because the reality of what had transpired really hit me at that point … it just sort of brought everything back to reality.”

She added Michael’s children Prince, Paris and Blanket were in school at the time of the courtroom verdict, “but I’m sure they feel a lot of relief.”

“Michael Jackson and the Doctor” will air Friday at 10 p.m. ET on MSNBC.

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  1. Making a statement

    Fans show off T-shirts emblazoned with "Thriller Killer" before the sentencing hearing of Dr. Conrad Murray on Nov. 29, 2011. Murray was sentenced to four years behind bars after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his patient, Michael Jackson, on June 25, 2009. (Jason Redmond / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Remembering Michael

    A Michael Jackson fan carries a placard outside the Los Angeles courthouse where the sentencing of Dr. Conrad Murray took place. (Mike Nelson / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Cheering for Michael

    Michael Jackson fans react to the guilty verdict in the Dr. Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial outside the Los Angeles Criminal Courts building. (Mike Nelson / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Delight at the Apollo

    Jackson fans outside the Apollo theatre in the Harlem section of New York react to the reading of the verdict in Murray's trial in Los Angeles. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Ready for the verdict

    Jackson's parents Joe and Katherine Jackson arrive at the Los Angeles Criminal Courts building in downtown Los Angeles to hear the verdict in the case involving their son's death. (Nick Ut / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Her verdict is already in

    A fan of Jackson holds a sign outside the Los Angeles Criminal Courts building during the first day of jury deliberations on Friday, Nov. 4. (Toby Canham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. LaToya's arrival

    LaToya Jackson arrives with Rick and Kathy Hilton, the parents of Paris Hilton, rear, for the reading of the verdict in Murray's trial in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 7. (Jason Redmond / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. King of Pop's court

    Fans mingle outisde the Los Angeles Criminal Courts buillding on Friday, Nov. 4. (Toby Canham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Caped crusader

    Michael Jackson supporter Jetset Hudson stands outside the Los Angeles Criminal Courts building during Dr. Conrad Murray's trial in the death of pop star Michael Jackson in Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 29. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Her faces of death

    A woman holds placards outside the courthouse ahead of the third day of the trial of Murray on Thursday, Sept. 29. (Frederic J. Brown / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Sky high message

    An airplane tows a banner over the Los Angeles Criminal Courts building on Thursday, Sept. 29. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Judging him to a tee

    A demonstrator stands outside the courthouse during the opening day of Murray's trial in the death of Jackson in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The trial is attracting the usual media and fan spectacle associated with high-profile court proceedings in L.A. (Danny Moloshok / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. The star's parents

    Jackson's parents, Katherine Jackson, left, and Joe Jackson, right rear, arrive at the Los Angeles Criminal Courts building to hear opening statements on Monday, Sept. 27. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. No sunny disposition

    Michael's sister La Toya Jackson leaves the courthouse on Monday, Sept. 27. "Michael was murdered, and although he died at the hands of Dr. Conrad Murray, I believe Dr. Murray was a part of a much larger plan," La Toya has said. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Missing Michael

    Jackson fan Bristre Clayton of Las Vegas stands outside court during the trial of Murray. The doctor has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted. (Jason Redmond / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. For his brother

    Michael's brother Jermaine Jackson arrives at the courthouse in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Sept. 27. "I just feel like it took so long to arrest this guy," Jermaine complained last year about the legal action against Conrad Murray. (Jason Redmond / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Lasting impression

    A demonstrator with tattoos of Jackson stands outside the Los Angeles Criminal Courts building during the opening day of Murray's trial. (Danny Moloshok / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. In the doctor's corner

    Beatrice Fakhrain, left, and Michelle Shaw read bible verses during the opening day of Murray's trial. (Danny Moloshok / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Tough day in court

    Michael's sister and brother -- Janet and Randy Jackson -- leave the courthouse on Monday, Sept. 27. When asked this past February on TODAY if she still believed Murray was culpable, Janet replied, "Mmm-hmm. And that's all I'm going to say. I do. I really do." (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Seeking justice

    Jackson supporters hold signs outside the Los Angeles Criminal Courts building on Monday, Sept. 27. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. No replacing Michael

    A fan dressed as the King of Pop makes a peace sign outside the Los Angeles Criminal Courts building where the trial of Murray is expected to last five weeks. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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