Woman who convinced boyfriend to kill himself faces sentencing

04 August, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • The Woman Who Encouraged Her Boyfriend To Kill Himself Over Texts Could Be Sentenced Today

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.

The judge called the case, which has garnered global attention, "a tragedy for two families".

On Wednesday, Roy's aunt Kim Bozzi said Carter should be given 20 years of imprisonment in order to keep her away from society. As reported by AP, she also received five years of probation.

"This was a awful circumstance that she complete regrets and does in her letter take responsibility for, your honor", Cataldo said. She will receive her sentencing on Thursday at 2 p.m.

In dozens of text messages, Carter urged Roy to follow through on his talk of taking his own life.

Lawyer Joseph Cataldo "said Carter was struggling with mental health issues of her own - bulimia, anorexia and depression - during the time she urged Roy to kill himself", the wire service writes.

The sensational trial received national attention, gaining great interest and a large following on social media because of the insistent tone of Carter's text messages. "Part of me wants you to try something and fail just so you can go get help".

The case revolved around the couple's intimate text messages that were sent days before Roy's death.

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Carter was 17 when Roy died in 2014.

Gertner said Moniz's ruling is interesting because he determined Carter should have intervened knowing that Roy was in the process of suicide. Cataldo also argued Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.

A MA judge ruled Carter was responsible for Conrad Roy III's death because she had placed him in a situation that led to his suicide in a landmark case that made national headlines.

The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute. She cited a text message in which Carter told Roy she felt "played" by his delays in killing himself, saying that Carter misled Roy's family, her friends and police officers.

Conrad Roy Jr. said it inflicted the "worst emotional pain" he has ever experienced.

"I think she needs to be held responsible for her actions 'cause she knew exactly what she was doing and what she said", Roy told Erin Moriarty.

A teenage sister, Camden Roy, recalled her 13 years with her older brother and said she's "haunted" by the realization that she'll never see him Wednesday or be an aunt to his children. Carter and Roy had met on vacation in Florida through their families, but once both were back in MA, they rarely saw each other. Her attorney said they had met only a few times in person over the course of two years before Roy's death. They struck up an off-and-on relationship that was conducted nearly entirely via texts and Facebook messages, included frank discussions of depression, eating disorders and both teens' emotional frailty.

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