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

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

20-year-old Michelle Carter will serve two and a half years for her instrumental role in the death of Conrad Roy III, a significant reduction of her possible sentence of 20 years. "Stop ignoring the question????"

"She ended his life to better her own", the prosecution said, adding that Carter has not accepted responsibility for her actions.

"She called no one", Moniz said in June, despite knowing where Roy was and having his family's telephone numbers.

Among dozens of messages, she said he should "get back in" when leaving his pickup truck filling with toxic carbon monoxide.

A day after Conrad Roy III's body was found, Michelle Carter posted a long message on his Facebook page. "I was on the phone with him and he got out of the vehicle because it was working and he got scared and I [expletive] told him to get back in".

Daniel Medwed, a law and criminal justice professor at Northeastern University, told Business Insider on Thursday that it was unlikely that Carter would be sentenced to 20 years in prison due to her young age at the time of the crime and her history of mental illness.

Matthew Segal, legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union of MA, had earlier said that no law exists as of now in the State of MA to make one accountable for encouraging or persuading someone to commit suicide.

During the trial, which took place over six days in June, prosecutors portrayed Carter as a deliberate manipulator, who systematically pressured Roy into suicide to gain sympathy from per peers and win the benefits of being a "grieving girlfriend".

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Carter had a bench trial, meaning Moniz heard the case and decided whether or not Carter was guilty - not a jury.

The Massachusetts Bar Association, however, said the conviction was well within the confines of the law.

For many experts judiriques, the outcome of the trial could be precedent-setting, and weigh in other cases involving adolescents. "It was his decision, which broke the connection between her behavior and the result", Medwed said.

Some were also of the opinion that the judgment was in contradiction with the first amendment of the Constitution, which protects freedom of expression. "So you wonder if the starkness of the things she said in the midst of the suicide moved the judge".

Carter was charged as a youthful offender, which gives the judge some latitude in her punishment.

"I pray to God you will take into consideration that Michelle was a troubled, vulnerable teenager in an extremely hard situation and made a tragic mistake", he wrote to Judge Moniz.

"You can't think about it. We don't anticipate [Carter] will do this again, and the sentence will predict that". One of the conditions of her sentencing is that she immediately be subject to a mental health evaluation.

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