Judge Finds Defendant Guilty; Manslaughter Law Extending to New Grounds?


It's unclear what kind of sentence Carter could be facing, but according to The Boston Globe, she could be looking at a maximum of 20 years in prison. Conrad then poisoned himself by inhaling carbon monoxide in his pickup truck.

Carter's attorney argued she was a troubled, delusional young woman who was "dragged" into the suicidal journey of Roy, who was long intent on killing himself.

Reporter Jess Bidgood tweeted that conditions set for Carter's bail include a halt on social media: "No texting, no Facebook, no snapchat". "She did nothing. She did not call the police or Mr. Roy's family".

Judge Lawrence Moniz said Carter, who was 17 at the time, knew what she was doing when she sent him text messages on numerous occasions urging him to go through with it. "The time is right and you're ready, you just need to do it!" to him, and at one point, when the teen got scared and exited his vehicle, Carter told him to "get back in" the auto.

"You always say you're gonna do it, but you never do", Carter complained in one of the more than 1,000 texts the two teens shared.

The night of his death, Carter encouraged him to get back inside the truck after he revealed he was scared and had gotten out.

"She did not issue a simple additional instruction: Get out of the truck", the judge said.

According to CNN, much of the case centered around Carter's text messages, which prosecutors said nudged Roy toward suicide.

Prosecutors believe that Carter became annoyed after months of talking about suicide with Roy and told him to prove it.

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Top Massachusetts attorneys have mixed opinions about the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michelle Carter, but they agree on one thing - the ruling has caused a seismic shift in the intersection of technology and the law. During this time, she will not be allowed to leave MA without a judge's permission.

The judge disagreed, saying he did not take into account in his verdict Roy's previous attempts at suicide.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on August 3rd.

Michelle Carter, who was 17 when she committed the crime, was talking to her then-boyfriend via text during a suicide attempt.

Roys father said outside court that the family was pleased with the conviction.

Matthew Segal, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of MA, said that while Roy's death was a "terrible tragedy", it was "not a reason to stretch the boundaries of our criminal laws or abandon the protections of our constitution".

MA is one of 10 states without laws that criminalize encouraging or assisting suicide.

As a result, the case led to some important legal questions, as indicated by The Washington Post: "Can a person be charged and convicted in someone's death even if she was not with the victim when he died?".

"He breaks that chain of self-causation by exiting the vehicle", Judge Moniz said.