Woman who encouraged boyfriend to kill himself faces 20 years in prison

Woman who encouraged boyfriend to kill himself faces 20 years in prison

Woman who encouraged boyfriend to kill himself faces 20 years in prison

Judge Lawrence Moniz told Michelle Carter in the Bristol County House of Corrections that after the 15 months, the balance of her sentence would be suspended until August 1, 2022 on probation.

Carter's lawyer said it was a "horrible circumstance that she completely regrets", but that it occurred at a point in both teenagers' lives in which both were struggling with mental health problems.

Delivering his verdict in June, Moniz said that Carter's actions constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" when she instructed Roy to get back in his truck despite knowing that it was a toxic environment "inconsistent with human life".

The judge also ordered that Carter could not profit from the death of Roy.

Carter was charged as a youthful offender, which gives the judge some latitude in her punishment.

She faces up to 20 years in prison, but it is unlikely that she will receive that maximum sentence, according to legal experts. "This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and US constitutions", ACLU of MA legal director Matthew Segal told CBS News Boston.

Twitter reacted as Carter awaited her sentencing.

On July 12, 2014, a day before Roy was found dead, Carter wrote: "So I guess you aren't gonna do it then, all that for nothing". A psychiatrist testified Carter too was "very troubled" and at first tried to talk Roy out of it, but became convinced she needed to help Roy "get to heaven" only after he convinced her there was nothing she could do to stop him. When Roy started telling Carter that he was thinking of committing suicide, Carter responded by telling him his family "would get over it" and giving him suggestions on how he could do it.

Carter's attorney requested five years of probation in lieu of prison time. After that, they only met in person a handful of times. "Are some of them expressing forgiveness?"

On Wednesday, Roy's aunt Kim Bozzi said Carter should be given 20 years of imprisonment in order to keep her away from society. "Take away the spotlight she so desperately craves". "Twenty years may seem extreme but it is still 20 more than Conrad will ever have".

Judge Moniz heard the case after Carter waived her right to a jury trial. "Like I don't get why you aren't", Carter wrote in one text. "I ask of you to invoke leniency in your decision-making process for my loving child Michelle". "Michelle was a troubled, vulnerable teenager in an extremely hard situation and made a tragic mistake", he wrote.

Neither Carter nor anyone from her family spoke on Thursday but her father David defended her in a letter to the court.

"As abhorrent and horrific as Michelle Carter's behavior was, and it was appalling, I'm not sure it's manslaughter". "The conviction is vulnerable on appeal".

MA is one of about 10 states where it is not illegal to encourage suicide.

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