Michelle Carter who allegedly used text messages and emails to encourage her long distance friend, Conrad Roy, to commit suicide was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in June. Nonetheless, a court has ruled that the woman will not go to jail till her state appeals are heard.
The Massachusetts woman has been charged of encouraging her friend to commit suicide. She was reportedly sentenced to 15 months in jail for using text messages to encourage her friend to commit suicide. The case has come to be known as Texting suicide case Massachusetts.
But the woman has been given a temporary reprieve by a judge who said that the woman will not have to go to jail until all of her state appeals are exhausted.
The case has hogged limelight for the last close to three years, when the unfortunate incident happened and the then 18-year old boy was reportedly encouraged to take his own life.
The 18-year old boy was an American marine salvage captain. His suicide on 13 July 2014 at the age of 18 with encouragement from his long-distance girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, was the subject of a noted investigation and involuntary manslaughter trial in Massachusetts, popularly known as the “texting suicide case”. The case, Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter, involved many text messages, emails, and phone calls between Carter and Roy at the time of Roy’s death, in which Carter encouraged Roy to commit suicide.
It should be kept in mind that the then 17-year old girl had initially discouraged Roy and advised him to become an inpatient at the psychiatric hospital where she had found help. Roy had seen numerous mental health professionals and insisted he wanted to die. They had both been prescribed psychiatric medication.
While delivering his judgment, Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz said, “This court must and has balanced between rehabilitation, the promise that rehabilitation would work and a punishment for the actions that have occurred”.
The court has been presented with hundreds of Carter’s text messages as evidence over six days of testimony in June convinced that led to Moniz’s conviction. Moniz sentenced Carter to a two-and-a-half-year term — with 15 months in jail and the balance suspended plus a period of supervised probation. Moniz granted a defense motion to stay the sentence, meaning she will remain free pending her appeals in Massachusetts.