Woman who encouraged boyfriend to kill himself faces 20 years in prison

04 August, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Michelle Carter could get 20-year prison term at Thursday sentencing

The boy's aunt is asking for 20 years behind bars for the now 20 year old, but the woman's father will ask that his daughter be spared prison time.

At the trial, prosecutors showed the court numerous text messages between Carter and Roy to prove that she pressured Roy to kill himself, instructed him as to when and how to do it, assuaged his concerns over killing himself, and chastised him when he delayed doing so.

On Thursday, Massachusetts Judge Lawrence Moniz sentenced Carter to two-and-a-half years in prison for her crime. NBC Boston will broadcast the proceedings live. She didn't cause Roy to arrive at the parking lot that night, and Carter wasn't responsible for his plan to initially fill his truck with deadly fumes. "This time is right and you're ready", Carter sent to Roy in another cruel message. You said you were gonna do it.

"This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions", Matthew Segal, legal director at the ACLU of MA, said.

"The death of Mr. Roy is a bad tragedy", commented Matthew Segal, legal director of the antenna of the MA association for the defence of human rights ACLU, "but this is not a reason to exceed the limits of our criminal law or to waive the protections offered by our Constitution".

"How could Michelle Carter behave so viciously and encourage my son to end his life?" he asked.

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An assistant district attorney argued before the judge on Thursday that Carter encouraged Roy's suicide "for her own personal gain and quest for attention" as part of a "charade as the grieving girlfriend". If the verdict is allowed to stand, it will "chill important and worthwhile end-of-life discussions", said Matthew Segal, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of MA.

Gertner said Moniz's ruling is interesting because he determined Carter should have intervened knowing that Roy was in the process of suicide. The verdict was the first of its kind in the state, and legal experts said it is likely to be appealed.

"Where one's action creates a life-threatening risk to another, there is a duty to take reasonable steps to alleviate the risk", the judge said in issuing his verdict.

The case has been closely watched as a possible avenue for the creation of laws to punish those who might pressure another person into suicide.

The sentencing will be announced on Thursday after she was found guilty in June. "You did something wrong, but on the other hand I understand you were a troubled teen yourself and this is going to scar you for the rest of your life".

"It got to the point that he was apologizing to her, ... apologizing to her for not being dead yet", Rayburn said in her closing argument.

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