Two months ago, Michelle Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after a Massachusetts judge found her responsible for the suicidal death of her then-boyfriend, Conrad Roy III.
According to earlier reports, Roy committed suicided in July 2014 in his truck that he had parked in a Kmart parking lot.
Texts messages between Carter and Roy revealed that Carter knew Roy was having suicidal thoughts.
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Knowing Roy was thinking about taking his own life, Carter, who was 17 at the time, encouraged him to follow through with the plan rather than encouraging him to seek help.
In a text message to Roy, Carter wrote:
“I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it! You can’t keep living this way. You just need to do it like you did last time and not think about it and just do it babe. You can’t keep doing this every day.”
According to her phone records, Carter texted a friend after Roy’s suicide, admitting that she knew what he was planning.
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The texts read:
“I knew he was in that kmart parking lot, I knew he was gonna use the generator to inhale carbon monoxide I knew it all.
“I just got off the phone with Conrads mom about 20 mins ago and she told me that detectives had to come and go thru his things and stuff, Its something they have to do with suicides and homicides. And she said they have to go thru his phone and see if anyone encouraged him do it on texts and stuff…Sam they read my messages with him, I’m done. His family will hate me and I could go to jail.”
Carter was on the phone with Roy when he passed away.
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Prior to handing down a guilty verdict, Judge Lawrence Moniz explained his decision:
“[Carter] is mindful that the process in the truck will take approximately 15 minutes, whether that is a true fact is not relevant, what is relevant is that that is her state of mind based upon a text exchanged between she and Mr. Roy during the period of June 30th to July 14. She instructs Mr. Roy to get back into the truck while knowing all of the feelings he has exchanged with her, his ambiguities, his fears, his concerns.
“This court finds that instructing Mr. Roy to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct by Ms. Carter, creating a situation where this is a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result to Mr. Roy.”
Before Carter received her sentencing, her father, David Carter, pleaded for the judge to go easy on his daughter.
He wrote in a statement:
“I pray to God you will take into consideration that Michelle was a troubled, vulnerable teenager in an extremely difficult situation and made a tragic mistake.
“I am 100 percent sure she was only trying to do what in her mind was right for Conrad. She has accepted the court’s decision and I hope you will consider a term of probation and continued counseling for her and us. She will forever live with what she has done and I know will be a better person because of it.”
In her impact statement, Roy’s aunt, Kim Bozzi, said that she hoped Carter would be given the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.Facebook
Today, Moniz handed down his sentence.
During the sentencing hearing, one of Roy’s sisters and his father testified, while the prosecutor read an emotional statement written by his mother. The prosecution asked for seven to 12 years in prison. Carter’s defense team asked for five years probation including just treatment.
Following the testimonies and final statements from both the prosecution and defense, Moniz took an “uncommon” 10-minute recess.
Eventually, the now 20-year-old was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, 15 months of which she will serve in prison, the remainder suspended until 2022. She will serve five years probation. However, Moniz did grant the defense’s request for stay on the sentence, meaning she will remain free until her case is heard by the Massachusetts appellate court.
Carter is also not allowed to have any contact with those involved in the trial and may not benefit or profit from the events over the past three years.