Woman in teen-suicide texting case to be sentenced

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A Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to take his own life has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and could face up to 20 years in prison.

Michelle Carter was 17 years old in 2014, when she convinced Conrad Roy III, 18, to “get back in” a truck filled with carbon monoxide. She was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Roy caused his death.

Roy died inside his pickup truck filled with the toxic gas in a store parking lot in Fairhaven. Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz will sentence Carter on Thursday for her actions.

Carter pressured Roy via text by 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 defendant was tried as a youthful offender. Therefore, the judge can commit her to a Department of Youth Services (DYS) facility until she turns 21 on Aug. 11. He can also combine a DYS commitment with an adult sentence or give her an adult sentence of anywhere from probation to the maximum of a 20-year term.

Roy’s aunt, Kim Bozzi, demands Carter be given the maximum amount of prison time, according to reports. She said twenty years may sound harsh but it “is still twenty more than Conrad will ever have.”

David Carter, Michelle’s father, told the judge his daughter made a “tragic mistake.” He begged him to give her probation and continued counseling.

Carter’s lawyer argued that Roy was determined to take his own life and nothing Carter did would have altered his decision. He also argued that Carter’s words were protected as free speech by the First Amendment.

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