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Parole Board Weighs Release of Michelle Carter In Texting Suicide Case

Massachusetts officials are weighing whether to grant early release to Carter, who is serving a jail sentence for urging her suicidal boyfriend via text messages to take his own life

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    Mass. Parole Board Weighs Release of Michelle Carter

    The Massachusetts Parole Board will soon decide whether to grant early jail release for Michelle Carter, the woman currently imprisoned for urging her suicidal boyfriend via text messages to take his own life.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019)

    Massachusetts officials are weighing whether to grant early jail release for Michelle Carter, the woman currently imprisoned for urging her suicidal boyfriend via text messages to take his own life.

    Carter, 23, appeared Thursday before the state Parole Board to seek release after serving seven months of her 15-month jail sentence. No decision was announced following the closed-door hearing, and it's unclear when a determination will be made.

    There's no deadline for a decision, which is typically made in writing and won't require another appearance by Carter, according to Felix Browne, a spokesman for the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, which oversees the parole board.

    Carter, her lawyer and members of the family of Conrad Roy III didn't comment after the hearing.

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    [NECN] Michelle Carter Begins 15-Month Sentence

    Michelle Carter has been sentenced for her role in the suicide of Conrad Roy.

    (Published Monday, Feb. 11, 2019)

    Carter was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of her suicidal boyfriend Conrad Roy III, but the judge allowed her to remain free while she appealed. Massachusetts' highest court upheld her conviction, saying her actions caused Roy's death.

    A lawyer for Carter had urged the judge to allow the now 23-year-old to stay out of jail while they took her case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her attorneys argued that she had no prior criminal record, hadn't tried to flee, and had been receiving mental health treatment.

    But after a judge ruled that she should start her sentence, Carter was taken into custody. She began serving her 15-month jail sentence in February.

    In July, the Bristol County Sheriff's Office said Carter was still in their custody, but that she was not currently at a correctional facility in the county.

    The sheriff's office did not immediately provide further information about Carter's whereabouts or the circumstances of her move.

    Carter was 17 when Roy, 18, took his own life in Fairhaven, a town on Massachusetts' south coast in July 2014. Her case garnered international attention and provided a disturbing look at teenage depression and suicide.

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    [NECN] Michelle Carter Arrives in Natick for Parole Hearing

    Michelle Carter, who was convicted for her role in the suicide of her boyfriend Conrad Roy III, arrives in Natick for a parole hearing.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019)

    Carter and Roy both struggled with depression, and Roy had previously tried to kill himself. Their relationship consisted mostly of texting and other electronic communications.

    In dozens of text messages revealed during her sensational trial, Carter pushed Roy to end his life and chastised him when he hesitated. As Roy made excuses to put off his plans, her texts became more insistent.

    "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 he on the day he died.

    The juvenile court judge focused his guilty verdict on the fact that Carter told Roy over the phone to get back in his truck when it was filling with carbon monoxide. The judge said Carter had a duty to call the police or Roy's family, but instead listened on the phone as he died.

    "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.

    At trial, Carter's lawyer argued Carter had initially tried to talk Roy out of suicide and encouraged him to get help. Her attorney said Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that.

    Michelle Carter Begins Jail Sentence

    [NECN] Michelle Carter Begins Jail Sentence

    More than a year after her conviction in the role of the texting suicide of her boyfriend, Michelle Carter has been ordered to begin her jail sentence.

    (Published Monday, Feb. 11, 2019)

    Her appellate attorneys said there was no evidence that Roy would have lived if Carter had called for help. They also argued there wasn't enough evidence to prove that Carter told Roy to get back in his truck.

    Her phone call with Roy wasn't recorded, but prosecutors pointed to a rambling text that Carter sent to a friend two months later in which she said called Roy's death her fault and said she told Roy to "get back in" the truck.

    If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting 'Home' to 741741.

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