She’s behind bars. Michelle Carter, the woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter for using text messages to encourage her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to kill himself, started her 15-month prison sentence on February 11, Patch reported. She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 but was allowed to stay out of jail as she appealed in state courts.
Carter’s defense lawyers had asked Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz to allow their client to remain free while they tried to have the case heard by the United States Supreme Court, but on Monday, the Massachusetts Supreme Court rejected her emergency motion seeking to delay the sentence from being imposed, NBC reported. “This case, legally, is not over,” defense lawyer Joseph Cataldo reportedly told the judge. “We fully intend to file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court within the next 90 days.”
Conrad died of carbon monoxide poisoning when he took his own life in July 2014 by staying in his truck as it filled with the gas in the parking lot of a Fairhaven, Massachusetts Kmart in 2014. Investigators then discovered several text messages sent by Carter, which urged him to “get back in” his car after he revealed he was having doubts about ending his life. “You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do. I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing,” she wrote in one of her last messages to her boyfriend. “You just have to it … It’s painless and quick.”
After his body was found, Carter texted another friend and said she had played a role in her boyfriend’s death. She wrote, “I could have stopped it. I was on the phone with him and he got out of the car because it was working and he got scared and I f–king told him to get back in.” Apparently, all the evidence was enough for the now 22-year-old Carter to be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the case. For now, she’s in jail, but whether that will change upon appeals remains to be seen.