The Massachusetts woman who reportedly convinced her suicidal boyfriend to end his life in 2016 is set to officially start her jail sentence.
22-year-old Michelle Carter was sentenced to 15 months in jail after investigators found she sent her then boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, several text messages encouraging him to take his own life when he came to her for help.
At one point Roy even reconsidered his actions, however, Carter began chastising him via text.
“You keep pushing it off and say you’ll do it but u never do. It’s always gonna be that way if u don’t take action,” Carter texted him the day of his death.
Roy eventually took his life by turning on his truck while in a closed garage and letting it fill with toxic gas.
Investigators also found that Carter also spoke to Roy over the phone and told him to get back into the truck as it was filling with the toxic gas.
During the conviction, prosecutors used that as a base of their argument and argued that Carter had a duty to call the police but she instead listened to him die on the phone.
“After she convinced him to get back into the carbon monoxide filled truck, she did absolutely nothing to help him: she did not call for help or tell him to get out of the truck as she listened to him choke and die,” Supreme Judicial Court Justice Scott Kafker wrote in the court’s opinion affirming her conviction.
Carter’s attorneys argued that even if she would have called the police, there was no guarantee that Roy would have lived, and that there was not enough evidence to show that Carter actually told Roy to get back in the truck after he began to hesitate, however, the prosecution pointed to a text message that Carter sent a friend two months after his death claiming that she told him to get back in the truck and that his death was her fault.
Though Carter was sentenced to involuntary manslaughter back in 2017 she was allowed to remain out of jail while she appealed her case in state court. The state court, however, upheld the previous conviction last week.
Carter’s lawyer then urged the judge to allow Carter to remain out of jail while they took her case to the Supreme Court citing that she has no prior criminal record, hasn’t tried to flee, and has been receiving mental health treatment, however, the judge ruled for Carter to begin her sentencing.