Court upholds conviction of Michelle Carter in texting-suicide case

 aol.com  02/06/2019 15:41:34   AOL Staff

A Massachusetts woman who was convicted of coercing her boyfriend over text messages into killing himself will serve her full sentence following a ruling on Wednesday by the state’s high court.

Michelle Carter’s 15-month sentence handed down in 2017 for involuntary manslaughter had been placed on hold as the Supreme Judicial Court reviewed her appeal. This followed the defense arguing that her actions were not criminal in nature and that Conrad Roy III’s death in 2014 was caused by his own actions.

The 22-year-old has been allowed to remain free while the court reviewed her case.

“The evidence against the defendant proved that, by her wanton or reckless conduct, she caused the victim’s death by suicide,” the court stated in its ruling Wednesday.

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TAUNTON, MA - JUNE 16: Michelle Carter arrives at Taunton District Court in Taunton, MA on Jun. 16, 2017 to hear the verdict in her trial. Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
TAUNTON, MA - JUNE 16: Michelle Carter arrives at Taunton District Court in Taunton, MA on Jun. 16, 2017 to hear the verdict in her trial. Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
TAUNTON, MA - JUNE 16: Michelle Carter arrives at Taunton District Court in Taunton, MA on Jun. 16, 2017 to hear the verdict in her trial. Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
TAUNTON, MA - JUNE 13: Michelle Carter focuses on Judge Lawrence Moniz, after closing arguments were made during her trial in Bristol Juvenile Court in Taunton, MA on Jun. 13, 2017. Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
TAUNTON, MA - JUNE 13: Conrad Roy, Jr., father of the deceased, comforts his daughter Camdyn Roy, sister of the deceased, as ADA Katie Rayburn makes her closing argument to Judge Lawrence Moniz during the trial of Michelle Carter in Bristol Juvenile Court in Taunton, MA on Jun. 13, 2017. Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
TAUNTON, MA - JUNE 16: Michelle Carter arrives at Taunton District Court in Taunton, MA on Jun. 16, 2017 to hear the verdict in her trial. Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
TAUNTON, MA - JUNE 13: As defense attorney Joe Cataldo makes his closing argument to Judge Lawrence Moniz during the trial of Michelle Carter, Lynn Roy, the deceased's mother, comforts one of her daughters in Bristol Juvenile Court in Taunton, MA on Jun. 13, 2017. Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
TAUNTON, MA - JUNE 13: Judge Lawrence Moniz, left, listens as Dr. Peter Breggin explains that Michelle Carter wanted to help people to not commit suicide during Carter's trial in Bristol Juvenile Court in Taunton, MA on Jun. 13, 2017. Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
TAUNTON, MA - JUNE 13: After a sidebar with Judge Lawrence Moniz, attorney Joe Cataldo, standing center, returns to the defense table with his client Michelle Carter, seated, before resting his case in Bristol Juvenile Court in Taunton, MA on Jun. 13, 2017. Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Carter was 17 when she urged 18-year-old Roy, who was suicidal at the time, to kill himself with carbon monoxide from his pickup truck in a Fairhaven parking lot in July of 2014.

When Roy had second thoughts about doing it, Carter texted him to “get back in” his truck and complete what he had set out to do, the Bristol County Juvenile Court heard.

“No more pushing it off. No more waiting,” she at one point texted him.

She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 and ordered to serve 15 months of a 2.5-year sentence.

Carter also faces a $4.2 million wrongful-death lawsuit in Norfolk County Superior Court that was brought by Roy’s mother.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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