Michelle Carter sentenced in texting suicide case, but jail time delayed

Carter encouraged Conrad Roy III to follow-through on suicide attempt

TAUNTON, Mass. (WWLP-AP) — Michelle Carter will not have to go to jail, at least not yet, after being sentenced to 2 ½ years in the house of correction for encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself.

Carter was convicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to “get back in” a truck filled with toxic gas.

On Thursday afternoon, the judge had sentenced Carter to 2 ½ years in jail- 15 months of which had to be served, with the rest to be suspended until the end of her probation in 2022.

Her defense attorney, however, asked the judge to stay the sentence, arguing that the case was going to be appealed on First Amendment grounds, and that a decision on the case might not ultimately be reached until after Carter’s jail term would have expired. The judge ultimately agreed, but said that the stay would only be in effect for appeals in state court, and not the federal appeals process should Carter pursue that route.

Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in 2014.

Carter’s lawyer argued that Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that.

Roy’s aunt has asked the judge to sentence Carter to the 20-year maximum. Carter’s father said his daughter made “a tragic mistake.” He’s asking for probation and continued counseling.

As conditions of her probation, Carter is ordered to stay away from Roy’s family, and she is not allowed to profit from her actions through book deals, interviews, or other media.

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