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

Woman Guilty of Coercing Boyfriend to Kill Himself by Text Could Get Light Sentence

Convicted in mid-June in MA have led to the suicide of her boyfriend, Michelle Carter, who is barely 20 years old, will on Thursday, the quantum of his sentence, which could reach 20 years imprisonment.

After Roy was found dead on July 13, 2014, Carter texted his mother and sister to offer support, without mentioning the weeks of text messages in which she had advised Roy on how to kill himself and urged him to follow through.

In those phone calls, Carter told Roy to "f-- get back in" his truck as it filled with carbon monoxide after he expressed fears of following through on his suicide plan, according to text messages she sent to friends after his death.

The judge said during Carter's conviction that she admitted in texts that she did nothing "She did not call the police or Mr. Roy's family" after hearing his last breaths during a phone call, the judge said. NBC Boston will broadcast the proceedings live.

"Michelle Carter - her actions - killed Conrad Roy".

"When are you gonna do it?"

The defence requested five years of supervised probation attached to conditions, including mental health counseling, and said Carter herself suffered from depression, had been on anti-depressants, and battled eating disorders.

"This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions".

Carter's attorneys argued she had been involuntarily intoxicated by medication and not fully able to comprehend the consequences of her actions.

Michelle Carter was convicted by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death.

In convicting Carter, the judge focused his ruling on Carter telling Roy to "get back in" after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide and told her he was afraid. "Sending her to prison on a possible 20-year sentence is both outrageous and unjust". The verdict was the first of its kind in the state, and legal experts said it is likely to be appealed.

"If I were the judge, that would be something that I would be thinking about", Bloom said.

Carter continued to lie about Roy's death for months afterwards in a bid to gain sympathy from her peers, Flynn argued. "You did something wrong, but on the other hand I understand you were a troubled teen yourself and this is going to scar you for the rest of your life".

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

She added that Carter's case opens up a host of questions about the legality of assisted suicide, for which there is no statute in the state of MA.

"The defendant's fate was sealed through the use of her own words", Martin W. Healy, chief legal counsel of the Massachusetts Bar Association, said at the time.

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