Michelle Carter: Does a 15-month sentence fit her horrific crime?

Friday, 04 Aug, 2017

Michelle Carter, the woman who urged her boyfriend through calls and text messages to commit suicide, was sentenced Thursday to a 2.5-year prison term.

At the completion of her sentence, Carter is expected to report to probation and undergo mental health evaluation, the judge said Thursday. "The time is right and you are ready. just do it babe", Carter wrote in a text the day he killed himself.

"We know as a society you don't target a child as an adult, you should be an adult", said Meier. Now a virtual presence may be enough.

Text messages released by the Bristol County District Attorney's Office showed a then 17-year-old Carter coaxing Roy to end his life, quoting her as telling him he would be "free" and "happy" once he was dead.

The judge agreed that Roy "took significant action" toward ending his life, but said he broke that chain by getting out of his vehicle and pausing to tell someone what he was doing.

The boy's father, also named Conrad Roy, told the court during the sentencing hearing that his son "was his best friend". "I bet you're gonna say an excuse like that.you seem to always have an excuse". Among the few to defend Carter was Amanda Knox, who was convicted of murdering her British roommate in Italy in 2007 before she was cleared two years ago. Prosecutor Maryclare Flynn said Carter's "well thought out campaign" was for her "own personal gain and quest for attention". Mr. Cataldo said that for legal reasons, his client could not express remorse in court, particularly if her conviction is overturned on appeal.

A judge sentencing Carter fifteen months behind bars for her role in encouraging him to take his life.

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, asked the judge to spare her any jail time and instead give her five years of probation and require her to receive mental-health counseling.

Michelle Carter went home today. That sentence, light, based on the prosecution looking for somewhere between 7 and 12 years.

"This was a awful circumstance that she completely regrets".

Prosecutors said Carter stayed on the telephone listening to her boyfriend as he died in the truck.

In her op-ed in the Times, Knox said she was disgusted to see Carter portrayed as a "cold and calculated" killer, much like she was in 2007.

Carter's lawyer urged the judge for leniency, saying his client, dressed in red trousers and a cream blouse, hoped to build a career in real estate after graduating from high school, was still in counseling and was not a danger to the public.

"I'm sorry I couldn't save you, I'm sorry I let you do this", she wrote, Boston.com reported. After that, they only met in person a handful of times.