Less than a month after Michelle Carter, 20, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, a judge sentenced her to two-and-a-half years in prison. Carter's was a landmark case in which she was convicted for sending her boyfriend Conrad Roy III, 18, hundreds of text messages encouraging him to act on suicidal thoughts—he eventually died by suicide after she reprimanded him to get back in a car with a portable generator running.
After Roy died, Carter, then 17, texted a friend saying "His death is my fault like honestly I could have stopped him," which Judge Moniz found to be some of the most damning evidence. The case was the first to determine the legality of telling someone of commit suicide, CNN reported at the time of the conviction. Carter faced up to 20 years in prison for her crime, but the prosecution asked the judge for no less than seven, no more than 12 years in prison. The defense, in turn, requested five years of heavily supervised probation.
Throughout her trial—during which she pleaded not guilty to all charges and waived her right to a jury, rendering the judge solely responsible for determining her fate—the prosecution argued Carter urged her boyfriend to kill himself as a way to gain the attention she so "desperately" craved. In turn, Carter's defense said she was "involuntarily intoxicated" while sending the incriminating text messages and that her antidepressants were responsible for her "psychotic" behavior.
Both her and Roy's family were present for the sentencing. Roy's sister Camden, his father Conrad Roy Jr. spoke and wept before the sentencing. The prosecution also read an impact statement on behalf of Roy's mother.
Carter began crying as the prosecution presented her case and continued to do so as the judge read the official sentencing.