DA Quinn to Request Full Prison Term for Michelle Carter

Leroy Wright
February 8, 2019

USA courts heard that she bombarded boyfriend Conrad Roy III with text messages urging him to take his own life, and ordered him to get back into a truck full of toxic gas.

"Roy was a "vulnerable, confused, mentally ill, 18-year-old" who had stepped out of his truck as it filled with carbon monoxide", Kafker wrote.

They said evidence in the Carter case suggested "a systematic campaign of coercion" in which she "targeted the equivocating young victim's insecurities and acted to subvert his willpower in favor of her own".

She was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for two-and-a-half years in 2017 - and ordered to serve at least 15 months of it. The seven-member Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in a unanimous verdict, found that Carter did indeed "badger" and "constantly pressure" Roy to go through with the suicide, Reuters reports.

Michelle Carter, 22, was convicted in 2017 for causing the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, who took his own life by filling a truck with carbon monoxide in a deserted parking lot in July 2014.

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Prosecutors at trial presented evidence showing that Roy, of Mattapoisett, briefly left the vehicle after he began to be overwhelmed by the fumes but returned after Carter urged him to "get back in".

"I thought you wanted to do this". Her case raised thorny legal questions about free speech and provided a disturbing look at teenage depression and suicide. Roy had previously attempted suicide, and Carter had planned to seek treatment for an eating disorder. "The time is right and you're ready - just do it babe", Carter wrote in one message. He killed himself by carbon monoxide inside a auto. "It has very troubling implications, for free speech, due process, and the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, that should concern us all", he said, adding that he would appeal the case all the way to the US Supreme Court if necessary.

Carter's defense team will have 28 days to ask the high court to reconsider its ruling and the Bristol District Attorney's Office will need to have the stay on Carter's sentence revoked in a lower court. Carter was 17-years-old at the time of his death.

"This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions. If allowed to stand, Ms. Carter's conviction could chill important and worthwhile end-of-life discussions between loved ones across the Commonwealth", ACLU Massachusetts said.

In its ruling, the state high court said it failed to see the merit in the defense argument that Carter's texts were protected speech.

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