Michelle Carter gets 15 months in jail for urging boyfriend’s suicide in texts
Taunton, Massachusetts. (AP) – A young woman who, as a teenager, encouraged her suicide boyfriend to commit suicide in dozens of text messages and told her that “go”, a truck full of toxic gas was sentenced Thursday to 15 prison for homicide months.
Michelle Carter was convicted in June by a judge who said her last instructions to Conrad Roy III caused her death. Carter was 17 when Roy, 18, was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.
The juvenile court judge Lawrence Moniz gave Carter, now 20, a prison sentence of 2 1/2 years, but said he had to use it only 15 months. He was also sentenced to five years probation. He was granted a motion of defense to prevent Carter from imprisoning until his appeals in state courts have been exhausted.
The judge called the case, which has attracted international attention, “a tragedy for two families.”
Carter’s attorney, Joseph Cataldo, has asked the judge for a jail sentence and has been granted five years probation and asked to receive mental health therapy. He said he was struggling with mental health problems – bulimia, anorexia and depression – during the time he urged Roy to commit suicide.
“Miss Carter will have to live with the consequences this has for the rest of her life,” Cataldo said. “It was a terrible circumstance I am completely sorry.”
Prosecutor Maryclare Flynn calls parole “just not a reasonable punishment” for Carter’s role in Roy’s death. She asked the judge to send Carter to jail for seven to 12 years.
Flynn said that Carter “has engaged in a deliberate and thoughtful campaign” to cause Roy’s death in “seeking care” and the sympathy of his friends. He said that after Roy Carter’s death he made a Charade as “girlfriend in distress” for Roy’s family and friends, even if he had repeatedly urged him to act on suicidal thoughts.
Flynn said Carter could have stopped Roy because both teenagers were on the phone together while Roy succumbed to carbon monoxide inside his truck.
“All I had to do was say,” Get out of the car. “” Get out of the truck, “and none of us would be here right now, Flynn said.
In dozens of text messages, Carter urged Roy to follow his speech about his life.
“The time has come and you’re ready … leave the baby,” Carter wrote in a text the day he committed suicide.
The sensational test was followed closely in social media, in part by the insistent tone of text messages Carter.
“You can not think about it, just do it,” Carter wrote in a text. “You said you were going to do it. Like I do not understand why they are not.”
Cataldo argues that Roy was determined to kill and nothing, Carter could not change that. He said Carter first tried to talk to Roy and urged him to seek professional help, but he finally accepted his plan. He also argued that Carter’s words represented freedom of expression protected by the First Amendment.