Michelle Carter has been sentenced to 2.5 months in jail having been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a court in MA.
The judge has put Carter's sentence on hold until all of her appeals are exhausted. She sent him messages reminding him of the pledge to kill himself.
Carter's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment in the case.
Before the judge announced his decision, Roy's family members gave emotional statements. The 20-year-old is not allowed to ever profit from her involvement in Roy's suicide, meaning she cannot sell her story for a book, movie or TV show. "Meanwhile, where's Conrad?" O'Donnell said.
"How could Michelle Carter behave so viciously? In what world was this behavior okay and acceptable?"
Carter's attorney, Joseph Cataldo, told reporters he believes Carter will be cleared. "She has shown no remorse". "And because suicide is illegal, we can interpret her part in the final moments of Roy's life as incitement to lawless action, or conspiracy to commit a crime".
"Moniz said that Carter's 'conduct caused the death of Mr. Roy'". And it essentially said that those words can lead someone to suicide.
"No normal human being who doesn't have problems would tell someone to get back in the truck where it is a toxic environment", O'Donnell said. At the time, Carter was living in Plainville, Mass.; Roy was found dead about 50 miles away in a parking lot in Fairhaven, Mass., in a truck whose cab was filled with carbon monoxide by a generator. Carter, who was on the phone with him at the time, told him to "get back in". No more pain. No more bad thought and worries. "I mean, you're about to die". When Roy apparently got out of his vehicle, she told him to get back inside.
"One interpretation of that is perhaps the judge was thinking that it would be good to keep her close to her support network", the law professor said.
He rejected a theory of involuntary intoxication raised by psychiatrist Peter Breggin, a defense witness who testified that Carter's own medication would have hindered her state of mind. She waived her right to a jury trial.
While it is no longer possible to help Roy, Knox argued, Carter is in need of the same sympathy.
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Like Carter's trial, Knox's case drew worldwide media attention, with many presuming guilt prior to the verdict being reached. Cataldo also argued that Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment. He's not going to be here anymore, ' O'Donnell said. "If allowed to stand, Ms. Carter's conviction could chill important and worthwhile end-of-life discussions between loved ones across the Commonwealth".
"Twenty years may seem extreme but it is still 20 more than Conrad will ever have", she said. "It's been an extremely emotionally draining process for everyone involved".
The prosecution sought the maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.
Roy's family has said the teen wasn't suicidal but did struggle with depression and anxiety.
In an extraordinary case seen as breaking new ground in a state with no law against encouraging suicide, Carter swapped hundreds of text messages with Roy, repeatedly urging him to follow through on his plan to kill himself and hide it from his parents.
"F-- NO! WE ARE NOT DYING", she responded.
Prosecutors in the case argued that Carter engaged in a "sick game" created to provoke sympathy from friends. "But the mental hospital would help you". Like I don't get why you aren't'.
But eventually, Carter's tone appeared to change. You just have to do it.
"No, you're not, Conrad. Where's Conrad? He's watching us from up above, he's not gonna be here anymore". He subsequently appealed for a stay based on the specific legal issues that were raised in the case and that would be considered by an appeals court. Last summer, the court ruled that she could stand trial for her alleged role in Roy's death.
Regarding the sentencing, Medwed said his impression was that the judge was trying to make sure that Carter, then 17, served time near her home by assigning her to a county and not state facility. "I do believe she needs help and I do believe she needs to take responsibility for her actions". "Take away the spotlight that she so desperately craves".
"She will forever live with what she has done", he wrote to the judge, "and I know will be a better person because of it".