Woman who sent texts urg­ing sui­cide gets 15 months in jail

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

TAUN­TON, Mass. — A woman who en­cour­aged her sui­ci­dal boyfriend to kill him­self in dozens of text mes­sages and told him to “get back in’’ a truck filled with toxic gas was sen­tenced Thurs­day to 15 months in jail for in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter.

Michelle Carter, now 20, was con­victed in June by a judge who said her fi­nal in­struc­tion to Con­rad Roy III caused his death. Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing in July 2014. Ju­ve­nile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz gave Carter a 2 1/2-year jail sen­tence but said she had to serve only 15 months of that. He also sen­tenced her to five years of pro­ba­tion. He granted a de­fence mo­tion that would keep Carter out of jail un­til her ap­peals in Mas­sachusetts courts are ex­hausted.

The judge called the case, which has gar­nered in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion, “a tragedy for two fam­i­lies.’’ Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, had asked the judge to spare his client any jail time and in­stead give her five years of pro­ba­tion and re­quire her to re­ceive men­tal health coun­selling. He said Carter was strug­gling with men­tal health is­sues of her own dur­ing the time she urged Roy to kill him­self.

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