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Woman who convinced boyfriend to kill himself faces sentencing


Roy was found in his pickup truck, dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.

Michelle Carter, now 20, was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death.

A MA judge ruled Carter was responsible for Conrad Roy III's death because she had placed him in a situation that led to his suicide in a landmark case that made national headlines. Michelle Carter is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday after being found guilty in June of involuntary manslaughter. NBC Boston will broadcast the proceedings live.

The judge attributed those words as "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute.

Carter continued to lie about Roy's death for months afterwards in a bid to gain sympathy from her peers, Flynn argued.

In another, when Roy seemed to pause about taking his life, she wrote, "You're so hesitant because you keep over thinking it and keep pushing it off". Roy had previously attempted suicide and Carter had taken psychiatric medication, according to trial testimony.




Roy's family told the court Thursday that they were devastated by his death. The belief that she had ordered him to get back into his truck was based on a text that Carter sent to another friend three months after the death. They displayed text messages on a projector in the courtroom in which Carter repeatedly pressures him to kill himself during the last two weeks of his life, berating him when he fails to follow through.

Healy said the verdict, which captured widespread attention, will have "national implications" and is "a clarion call that seemingly remote and distant communications will not insulate individuals from heinous acts that could rise to the level of criminal culpability". In Carter's case, the ruling suggested that in effect, she was whispering in Roy's ear, "kill yourself, kill yourself", Laurie Levenson, a criminal law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said after Carter's conviction. The American Civil Liberties Union of MA immediately decried the guilty verdict, saying at the time in a statement that the conviction "exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions".

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. "My son was my best friend", Mr Roy's father said in the MA court.

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.

"The defendant's fate was sealed through the use of her own words", Martin W. Healy, chief legal counsel of the Massachusetts Bar Association, said at the time. Carter's failure to help him in that crucial moment - either by calling the police or by urging him to stay out of the truck? was what led Moniz to find Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter during the nonjury trial. "He gave me an awesome 13 years being my best friend and the best role model any little sister could ask for".

"I am 100 percent sure she was only trying to do what in her mind was right for Conrad", David Carter wrote.

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