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

Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014

The sentence came after Judge Lawrence Moniz ruled in June that Carter's texts to her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, urging him to kill himself ultimately caused him to take his own life. And it essentially said that those words can lead someone to suicide.

On the day that Roy committed suicide by hooking up carbon monoxide gas to the cab of his truck, Carter stayed on the phone with him and, at one point, told him to "get back in" to the truck.

Matthew Segal, legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union of MA, had earlier said that no law exists as of now in the State of MA to make one accountable for encouraging or persuading someone to commit suicide.

Medwed believes there's a "fairly good chance" the conviction could be reversed on appeal "based on causation", in that Carter didn't directly cause Roy's death, he caused his own death. They displayed text messages on a projector in the courtroom in which Carter repeatedly pressures him to kill himself during the last two weeks of his life, berating him when he fails to follow through.

A day after Conrad Roy III's body was found, Michelle Carter posted a long message on his Facebook page.

A psychiatrist who testified for the defense during Carter's trial said that Carter Roy wasn't the only one in their relationship who was troubled. The verdict was surprising for another reason: No firm evidence was presented in court to prove what Carter had actually said to Roy in those final moments. Judge Moniz could have sentenced Carter to up to 20 years in prison.

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The Massachusetts Bar Association, however, said the conviction was well within the confines of the law.

"How could Michelle Carter behave so viciously and encourage my son to end his life?" "It's always gonna be that way if you don't take action". 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". "Part of me wants you to try something and fail just so you can go get help". Gertner said that the decision to have a bench trial was an opportunity for the defense to avoid a jury being swayed by emotion, but judges can also be subjected to the emotionality of a case, not just the letter of the law.

"After his death, she became the player", Flynn said.

Carter was tried as a youthful offender, so the judge has several options for sentencing. "Michelle was a troubled, vulnerable teenager in an extremely hard situation and made a tragic mistake", he wrote.

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. "I really don't know what I'm waiting for. but I have everything lined up". Carter and Roy had met on vacation in Florida through their families, but once both were back in MA, they rarely saw each other.

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