Michelle Carter, the Massachusetts woman charged with involuntary manslaughter after encouraging her boyfriend to take his own life in 2014, has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.
One text did Michelle in: “Get back in.”
In 2014, the then 17-year-old Carter was dating Conrad Roy III, who struggled with mental health issues. When Roy texted his girlfriend telling her he had filled his truck with carbon monoxide but was too scared to get in and end his life, Carter responded with the fateful words: “Get back in.”
Carter pressured Roy via text, saying: “You can’t think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like, I don’t get why you aren’t.”
The judge who convicted her in June detailed in the opinion that when Carter entered the command to “get back in” into her text, it qualified as influencing Roy’s death to the extent of involuntary manslaughter. Arguments by her lawyers that she was well within her First Amendment rights of free speech fell on deaf ears.
Her parents were certain the judge had made a “tragic mistake,” and that Roy was going to take his own life regardless; but on Thursday, Carter’s sentencing was confirmed. She will be spending at the very least 15 months in jail. Tried as a youth, Carter avoided more serious charges, as involuntary manslaughter can draw a sentence of more than 20 years. Therefore, the judge can commit her to a Department of Youth Services (DYS) facility until she turns 21 on Aug. 11.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 3, 2017
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