Michelle Carter, the now 20-year-old girl who urged her boyfriend Conrad Roy III to commit suicide via text in 2014, was was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter during a trial back in June of this year. Carter was sentenced following her conviction on Thursday, August 3rd.
Leading up to Carter’s sentencing, the nation was very divided. Roy’s family strongly pushed for the maximum sentence, while Carter’s family asked for leniency because she was young and in a very difficult place at the time of incident.
Like Roy, Carter was dealing with depression. When her and Roy engaged in conversations a few years ago, she was on antidepressants, a victim of eating disorders, and seeing a therapist regularly.
The majority of analysts predicted that she would receive a minimal sentence of probation and/or very little jail time. However, Roy’s family letters and arguments were very compelling for the judge to give her a much harsher punishment.
At the court hearing, Roy’s family statements were read out loud, encouraging close to the maximum sentence of 20 years. On the other hand, Carter’s defense attorney argued for probation given her mental health issues and the guilt she felt for this tragedy.
After the judge heard both sides of the case, he announced the shocking sentence. Michelle Carter was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison with 15 months to be served, followed by a period of probation. She may also not have any contact with the Roy family. To the surprise of Roy's family and many following the case, Carter did not receive anywhere near the maximum sentence for jail time.
Because of Michelle Carter’s conviction and sentencing in this unusual suicide case, the entire course of the legal system is changing and future cases will be drastically impacted. Please continue to pray for the families affected by this horrible tragedy. Thank you!