15-Month Prison Term in MA Social Media Suicide Case

Michelle Carter, now 20, was given a prison term for a series of texts and phone calls that a judge decided caused the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III. The defense, which has filed an appeal, contended that Carter should be put on probation with mental-health counseling.

Michelle Carter was sentenced to 15 months in prison in Massachusetts for convincing her high school boyfriend to kill himself through a series of texts and phone calls, the Boston Herald reportsIn June, Moniz found Carter, now 20, guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Conrad Roy III. Carter will remain free while she pursues an appeal. “I believe she should be kept far away from society,” wrote Kim Bozzi, Roy’s aunt, in a victim impact statement. David Carter, Michelle’s father, begged for probation and “continued counselling.” Prosecutors sought between seven and 12 years incarceration. Carter’s defense attorney, Joseph Cataldo, asked for a sentence of five years supervised probation with conditions including mental-health counseling. 

Moniz found that Carter caused Roy, 18, to kill himself even though she was miles away and communicating through calls and texts. Carter’s relationship with Roy was almost entirely virtual. Prosecutors showed that the two teens would regularly talk about suicide through texts, and in the days leading up to Roy’s death, Carter encouraged him to go through with it. In 2014, he took his own life in a Kmart parking lot by filling his truck with deadly carbon monoxide gas. Before he died, Roy left the truck. At that point, Carter and Roy spoke on the phone and she told him to get back in – and he did. Moniz said that moment was what led him to find Carter guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

from https://thecrimereport.org