Text messages landed a then teenager into prison… his girlfriend encouraged him to follow through with his suicide.


Conrad Roy III wasn’t positive he wanted to commit suicide, until someone close to him told him different.

The 18-year-old had been planning to kill himself, to sit inside his truck while it full of carbon dioxide, however he wasn’t sure if he could go through with it. In a collection of insistent text messages, his 17-year-old girlfriend persuaded him to follow .

“You can’t think about it. You just have to take action,” Michelle Carter wrote.

Roy got back in and was later found dead. Carter was sentenced to serve 15 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter for causing his death. Carter has remained free while appealing the judgment, but the highest court in Massachusetts declared her
conviction last week.

Carter, now 22, reported to prison on Monday. It’s very tough to find legal causation in the context of suicide, but there was enough evidence here to show evidence beyond a
reasonable doubt, the Supreme Judicial Court wrote.

Even as the”perplexed” and”exposed” victim had managed to leave the vehicle,”he was badgered back into the gas-infused truck from the defendant, his girlfriend and nearest, if not only, confidant within this planning,” the unanimous court wrote.

“And 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 assistance or tell him to escape the truck because she listened to him moan and die.”

An attorney for Carter told The Washington Post he would consider appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. “We are disappointed in the Court’s conclusion, which adopts a narrative that we don’t believe the evidence supports,” Daniel Marx said in a statement, adding that the choice has”troubling implications, free of speech, due process, and also the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.”


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