[Editor’s note: This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).]
A Massachusetts woman convicted in 2017 of an involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide will be reportedly released from prison early despite having been denied parole earlier this week, according to reports.
Michelle Carter, 22, started her 15 -month sentence in February after the Massachusetts Supreme Court agreed with the lower court's guilty verdict. Prosecutors said Carter was 17 in July 2014 when she persuaded her boyfriend, 1
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After completing nearly half her sentence, Carter appeared in a closed-door hearing Thursday to request to be paroled after serving seven months. The Massachusetts State Parole Board denied that request. A spokesman for the Bristol County Sheriff's Office told CNN Friday that Carter will still be released from prison weeks early after earning some "good time." She is set to be released March 13 instead of May 5.
"The [board] is troubled that Ms. Carter not only encouraged [Conrad Roy III] to take his own life, she actively prevented others from intervening in his suicide, ”the Massachusetts parole board wrote in its decision to deny slogans, according to The Hill. “Ms. Carter's self-serving statements and behaviors leading up to and after his suicide appear to be irrational and lacking sincerity. "
" Given subject's behavior in facilitating victim's death, release not compatible with the best interest of society, "wrote one of the two parole board members, according to USA Today. She "did not provide sufficient insight into the reason for the lack of empathy at the time of the crime and the surrounding time period."
Carter's attorney, Joseph Cataldo, told People magazine he was hopeful the board would have granted Carter parole to give that she was 16 when she knew Conrad Roy III and 17 when he died. He added that his client was also struggling with mental health issues at the time Roy III committed suicide. Both teens had scrapes with depression and Roy III had attempted suicide several times before his death.
“She has conducted herself within the confines of her release, so I believe she was an excellent candidate for parole. By no means is she a danger to society, ”Cataldo said.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court wrote in February that records showed Carter guilty of" wanting or reckless conduct, causing the victim's death by suicide. " Prosecutors said Roy III briefly got out of his carbon monoxide ridden truck to speak on the phone with Carter when he began to have second thoughts. Carter sent a text to a friend, saying she told Roy III to get back in his vehicle.
"The time is right and you're ready … just do it babe," Carter wrote in a text to Roy II the day he died, according to The Hill. “You should think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like 1965, she wrote in another message.
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Her attorneys appealed the case a second time to the U.S.S. Supreme Court, arguing that its messages were protected under the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech. Police said Carter also misled family and friends in the days and hours before her boyfriend's death, People reported. She allegedly told them Roy III had gone missing although she was in constant communication with him over the phone at the time.