Back in June, the court case began for the trial of Michelle Carter, who allegedly pushed her unstable boyfriend to suicide by sending him a series of text messages convincing him to do it.
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Now the court has made a decision and Michelle will be going to prison for 15 months for involuntary manslaughter. The decision was made by a judge who said Michelle’s final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death.
Michelle is 20, but she was just 17 when Roy, 18, was found dead in his truck. It was discovered that Michelle had sent him a series of texts, which urged him to take his own life. You can see some of the messages below:
You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do. I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing.
You can’t keep pushing it off, though. That’s all you keep doing.
There isn’t anything anyone can do to save you, not even yourself.
ROY: How was your day?
CARTER: When are you doing it?
ROY: Today was a good day.
CARTER: That’s great. What did you do?
ROY: Ended up going to work for a little bit and then just looked stuff up.
CARTER: When are you gonna do it? Stop ignoring the question???
I bet you’re gonna be like ‘oh, it didn’t work because I didn’t tape the tube right or something like that. You always seem to have an excuse.
You can’t think about it. You just have to do it.
You can see now why the judge decided to sentence her. Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, asked the judge to spare Michelle from doing jail time and instead give her five years probation and intense mental health counselling. Apparently she was suffering from bulimia, anorexia and depression at the time of Roy’s death.
However, prosecutor Maryclare Flynn said that probation is “just not reasonable punishment” for her role in Roy’s death. The boy’s dad, Conrad Roy Jr, said:
Michelle Carter exploited my son’s weaknesses and used him as a pawn. She has not shown any remorse.
The fact that he was convinced to him to kill himself is unimaginable. Where was her humanity? In what world is this behaviour OK and acceptable?
It’s just such a horrific and avoidable end to a life. As the judge put it, the entire incident is, “a tragedy for two families.”
To read about the man who lost his court case in a trial against male oppression, click HERE.