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 jury trial back in June of this year. Carter's sentencing took place in Massachusetts.
At the beginning of the court hearing, the victim’s family read their statements. Among the family members who submit a letter included the victim’s little sister, father, mother, and aunt.
Roy’s little sister read her statement first. As she talked about the memories she will never have with her brother, she began sobbing, rising emotion in the courtroom.
Roy’s father also read his personal statement himself. He said their family is “heartbroken” and his son was his best friend. Throughout his son’s life, his family fought everyday to bring joy and positivity to his life, hoping he would someday fully cope with his depression.
Roy’s mother was not present, but her statement was read out loud to the judge. Her hope is that a law will be put in place to prevent future tragedies like this. Roy's aunt did not read her statement out loud either, but it was submitted ahead of time to the judge and released to the public, which suggested Carter receive the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
On the other hand, Carter's attorney is suggesting Carter receive 5 years of supervised probation, given that she is a "suitable candidate" because of her acceptance to college and not being a danger to the public. Her suggested probation would contain various conditions including mental health assistance and evaluations.
Watch Michelle Carter’s sentencing live below. Please continue to pray for the families affected by this tragic case. Read how this unusual case is drastically impacting the outcome of future similar cases here. Thank you!