In 2014, 17-year-old Michelle Carter encouraged her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to commit suicide. Before his death, Roy struggled with depression, which Carter was aware of. Through text messages, Carter urged her boyfriend to “go through with it” multiple times, even though Roy had doubts about killing himself and looked to Carter for support.
Carter’s messages ultimately led to him taking his own life. Roy passed away in July of 2014 from carbon monoxide poisoning in his pick-up truck.
On June 16th of this year Carter, who is now 20-years-old, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter during a jury trial . Her sentence will take place on Thursday, August 3rd, where she faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Roy’s family was very pleased with the verdict. Prior to Carter’s sentencing, eight family members of the victim have spoken out. According to the NY Post, they were invited to read their statement out loud at Thursday’s sentencing.
Among the family members who wrote a letter to the judge included Roy’s aunt, Kim Bozzi. In her statement, she encouraged the judge to give Carter the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
She wrote, “I believe she should be kept far away from society. Take away the spotlight that she so desperately craves. Twenty years may seem extreme but it is still twenty more than Conrad will ever have. I’m unsure when she decided to set her sick plan into motion or why, but when she did she did it relentlessly, it was calculated and it was planned down to a T. She preyed on his vulnerabilities, he trusted her, which in turn, cost him his life.”
However, Carter’s father and mentor have also written letters to the judge pleading for probation and leniency. As Bozzi also mentioned, “what happens next is up to God and a judge.”
Please continue to pray for the families affected by this tragic case. To catch up on the details of this rare case with Conrad Roy III and Michelle Carter, read the details from the jury trial back in June.