How Much Time Did Michelle Carter Get in Prison?

She could be out of jail as early as May 2020.

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HBO's new two-part true crime documentary, I Love You, Now Die, directed by Erin Lee Carr, aims to shed light on the tragic relationship between Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy III. In 2017, Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for her role in his death; in 2019, she began serving her 15-month sentence.

Carter was 15 when she met Roy. The two Massachusetts high schoolers were both on family vacations in Florida when their paths crossed in February 2012. And when they parted, Carter and Roy maintained a primarily texting relationship, even though they lived only a few towns apart.

CONTENT WARNING: The below story contains a description of a case involving death by suicide. This content may be triggering for some readers.

Initially, the messages were typical of high school teens. They shared their favorite songs, asked about each other's day and sent smiley faces about inside jokes. But soon enough, Roy began expressing thoughts of suicide to Carter.

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After countless texts shared and ideas expressed, many of which involved how Roy would carry out his plan commit suicide, Roy died by suicide. During the ensuing investigation, all eyes turned to Carter, thanks to excerpts from conversations like these between the pair:

Roy: Like why am I so hesitant lately. Like 2 weeks ago I was willing to try everything. And now I'm worse really bad and I'm lol not falling through. It's eating me inside.

Carter: You're so hesitant because you keep overthinking it and pushing it off. You just need to do it Conrad. The more you push it off, the more it will eat at you. You're ready and prepared. All you have to do is turn the generator on and you bee free and happy. No more pushing it off, no more waiting

Roy: You're right.

Carter: If you want it as bad as you say you do, its time to do it today

Carter was indicted for involuntary manslaughter in February 2015, just seven months after Roy committed suicide. On June 2017, she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to two and a half years in jail which was reduced to 15 months. However, Carter's lawyer managed to maintain Michelle's freedom for the past two years while working to have her case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to NBC.

Earlier this year, the courts decided they'd given Carter enough free time. In February, the Massachusetts Supreme Court rejected her defense attorney's motion to delay her 15-month sentence. Carter was taken to Bristol County Jail and House of Correction in Dartmouth, Massachusetts to begin serving her jail time immediately.

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States at 1-800-273-8255.

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