Woman Convicted Of Convincing Boyfriend To Kill Himself Will Get Early Release

Sandy Malone

The Bristol County sheriff said Michelle Carter would be released early just two days after SCOTUS refused her appeal.

Taunton, MA – The Massachusetts woman who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for sending her boyfriend text messages urging him to commit suicide will be released early on good behavior.

Bristol County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Jonathan Darling told WFXT that Michelle Carter started serving her sentence in February 2019 and is scheduled for release on Jan. 23.

Carter, now 23, had initially been due for release in May of 2020.

“There have been no problems and she has been attending programs, which is common at state facilities like the Bristol County House of Correction,” Darling told WFXT.

“Ms. Carter continues to attend programs, is getting along with other inmates, is polite to our staff and volunteers, and we’ve had no discipline issues at all,” he continued in an email.

The news of Carter’s early release came just two days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear her appeal.

Carter was 17 years old when she encouraged her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to kill himself repeatedly via text message, WFXT reported.

Investigators recovered countless text messages between the two where Roy was expressing his concerns about his decision to commit suicide and Carter was pushing him to go ahead and do it. He did.

Her attorneys argued in their Supreme Court appeal that Carter’s case should be thrown out because it was a blatant violation of her First Amendment rights.

They have also claimed there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that Roy would have lived if his girlfriend had made an effort to save his life, according to WFXT.

The attorneys told the justices in the appeal that Carter’s case raised questions about whether words alone could be used to hold an individual accountable for another person’s death.

It also raised new questions about the role of technology in committing and prosecuting crimes, according to Newsweek.

Carter was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison in August of 2018.

But the judge suspended half of her prison sentence and sent her away for only 15 months plus five years of probation, Newsweek reported.

Joseph Cataldo, one of Carter’s lawyers, said that the Supreme Court refusing to hear the appeal was an “injustice,” WFTX reported.

“The U.S. Supreme Court not accepting Michelle Carter’s petition at this time is unfortunate," Cataldo said. “Clearly many legal scholars and many in the legal community understand the dangers this precedent created by the Massachusetts courts.”

Comments (14)
No. 1-9
Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

I think the story is...

Dude was in the process of killing himself by CO poisoning in his truck. He got scared (he had a history of anxiety issues), spoke with her on the phone, and she convinced him to go back into the truck.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Conrad_Roy

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I'm surprised she did time at all. Snowflake mentality. Granted what she did was probably deserving of punishment, but not manslaughter. She didn't have a gun to his head.

GreenMarine50
GreenMarine50

Her sentence cut in half. So another "judge" holds a human life equal to a bucket of dog hair.

Putting on a black robe and having finished law school doesn't mean that person is any more intelligent nor honorable than the rest of society. There seems to be a real tendency for folks to say and do nothing while judges create their own bullshit parameters for their jobs. Every judge knows there are specific rules and laws governing their performance on the bench.

However, as long as nobody steps forward to call them out on cheesy bullshit plus the blatant favoritism they routinely show towards the worst thugs our country can offer, the criminal justice system will have a well oiled revolving door.

Sivispace
Sivispace

I have a law degree and have been a prosecutor. I just applied to be a cop.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Oh please

Stanracer
Stanracer

Of course she got early release. Just another example of the bias in favour of women, in the justice system.

investigator
investigator

THAT is wrong!!!! Shame on that Judge! I sincerely hope she lives an absolutely HORRIBLE life!

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

If I had a girlfriend like that I would have dumped her after the first text of trying to convince me to commit suicide. This is a sick woman.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

I hope this haunts her the rest of her life. I doubt it will, we can only hope!


News

FEATURED
COMMUNITY