The Woman Who Encouraged Her Boyfriend To Kill Himself Has Been Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison
There are all kinds of people in this world. However some are extremely complicated in their minds to the point of being devious in nature deriving sadistic pleasure even from death. Many will have already read about the story of Michelle Carter 20 and how she urged her 18 year old boyfriend to kill himself. Michelle Carter has been sentenced on Thursday last to just 2 and half years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. But lucky for Carter, she won’t have to start serving time until all her state appeals run out. Her incarceration was stayed by Judge Lawrence Moniz on an appeal by her defense lawyer that she still had appeals pending and waiting to move through the Massachusetts court system.
Three years ago on July 12th 2014, carter encouraged her 18 year old boyfriend Conrad Roy to inhale carbon monoxide produced by a water pump in his truck. She even went as far as texting her friends telling them how she forced him to “get back in” because he was scared.
1Only 15 months in prison with a suspension of remaining sentence
Carter may only have to serve 15 months in prison with the remaining sentence suspended till August 1, 2022. Prosecutors were shocked at the light sentence. They instead wanted at least 7 to 12 years whereas her defense appealed for no jail time but 5 years of supervised probation during which she would undergo mental counseling.
Judge Moniz felt her age and maturity as well as her mental instability had no bearing on her actions but she was at a ripe age for rehabilitation which should be balanced along with her sentence. Carter was also prohibited from contacting Conrad’s family or her friends who testified against her.
2Carter has been prohibited from signing book deals
The judge made a wise decision prohibiting Carter from profiting from the case by signing deals for movies or books. Conrad Roy’s grieving family squarely blamed Carter for the boy’s death saying “How could Michelle Carter behave so viciously to encourage my son to end his life, “Where was her humanity?”
In fact they noted how Carter had not even showed any signs of remorse for the boy’s death. Conrad’s mother was not present in the courthouse but prosecutors read a letter by her which stated “I pray a law comes forth so another mother does not have to endure what I am,” her statement said. “I still cannot come to terms that another person would want to inflict so much pain on our family.”
3Legal experts feel Carter’s conviction will be overturned
The defense claimed that Crater was remorseful and the manslaughter was a tragic and unusual case involving the two youngsters who were both suffering from mental issues. It was due to this carter deserved to be rehabilitated instead of being incarcerated. The judge however ruled that Carter was wanton and reckless in her conduct and knew the consequences of asking the boy to get back in the truck. He blamed Carter who was 17 at the time for his death. She is however eligible for adult level sentencing a power law.
Legal experts like Daniel, professor of law and criminal justice at Northeastern University School of Law said that Carter stands a good chance of getting the conviction overturned based on causation as she had not directly caused the boy’s death. He felt it would be beneficial for the Massachusetts legislature to create a law criminalizing coerced suicide.
4Text messages revealed how Carter instructed Roy to kill himself
Sharon Beckman, a Boston College Law School professor and director of the Boston College Innocence Program said that it would be wrong of the judge to dish out a maximum sentence to Carter because she was a juvenile with her own mental struggles and with a history of taking anti depressants.
The prosecution revealed several text messages between both Carter and Roy that proved how Carter pressurized Roy to kill himself. She even dished out instructions how to do it going as far as chastising him for delaying the act. For carter, Roy was just a pawn in her sick suicidal game. A psychiatrist in a controversial testimony claimed that Carter was on anti depressants at the time which made her delusional.
5Conrad Roy’s family wanted a stricter sentence
Although Michelle carter has been sentenced, Roy’s family wanted a stricter on. Carter’s father wrote a letter to Judge Moniz appealing for leniency of probation and counseling. He pleaded with the judge to take into consideration how Michelle was a troubled and vulnerable teenager who will forever live with what she has just done and that it was a tragic mistake.
Although Michelle Carter has been sentenced with and got off lightly, her case also proves how the legal system may be providing loopholes for similar cases to go scot free even after using death as a game.