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04 August 2017, 12:33 | Marta Robbins
Woman who encouraged boyfriend to kill himself faces 20 years in prison
Carter, 20, was found guilty last month in connection to the 2014 death of Conrad Roy III.
Carter was 17-years-old when Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.
A judge has sentencedMichelle Carter to prison in a case that won national notoriety after she convinced her high school boyfriend to kill himself through a series of texts and phone calls. The defense claimed that Carter had previously tried to talk Roy out of harming himself, pointing to one conversation where Roy told Carter he regretted dragging her into his plans to kill himself.
Michelle Carterwas convicted in June and faces up to 20 years in prison for encouraging the suicide of Conrad Roy.
"She will forever live with what she has done and I know will be a better person because of it", David Carter wrote in the signed letter, provided to the Herald.
"This was a disgusting circumstance that she complete regrets and does in her letter take responsibility for, your honor", Cataldo said. "Like I don't get why you aren't", she wrote to 18-year-old Roy on one occasion. "Twenty years may seem extreme but it is still 20 more than Conrad will ever have". "The time is right and you're ready, you just need to do it!" "You just have to do it".
"When are you gonna do it?" Carter's failure to help him in that crucial moment - either by calling the police or by urging him to stay out of the truck? was what led Moniz to find Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter during the nonjury trial. The American Civil Liberties Union of MA immediately decried the guilty verdict, saying at the time in a statement that the conviction "exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions".
The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute. Investigators discovered that Carter was motivated to force Roy into suicide due to a quest for attention from friends and family.
Carter was convicted June 16 in Bristol Juvenile Court in a case that could have broad implications for how prosecutors and judges address criminal intent in the age of instant communication and ubiquitous social media engagement. Carter's father said his daughter made "a tragic mistake", and is asking for probation and continued counseling.
Medwed said that he "strongly believed" Moniz would sentence her to prison, because during trial the judge "could barely hide his disdain for her when he rendered the verdict". He can commit her to a Department of Youth Services facility until she turns 21 on August 11. "Other people think it's unfair to make an example of her because she was a troubled teenager who doesn't deserve to be sentenced to prison".
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