Michelle Carter's sentence for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide begins

Conrad Roy

Death of Conrad Roy, Why Did He Commit Suicide?


An American marine salvage captain from Massachusetts, Conrad Roy committed suicide at the age of 18 on 13 July 2014. He took his own life poisoning himself with carbon monoxide fumes in his truck in the now-closed parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. He went on killing himself after his then-girlfriend, Michelle Carter encouraged him via text messages to do so.

michelle carter and conrad roy

Death of Conrad Roy

Earlier, Roy has visited numerous mental health professionals and insisted that he wanted to kill himself several times. He had been suffering from social anxiety and depression for a long time. His desire to kill himself grew even more after he became a victim of physical and verbal abuse by his father and grandfather respectively. He had been hospitalized before for an acetaminophen overdose, at 17. 

Who is Conrad Roy via text to kill himself?

Conrad Roy

Who is Michelle Carter? How many years she will serve in Prison?

Conrad Roy's girlfriend, Michelle Carter is also from Massachusetts. They first met each other on a family vacation in Florida in 2012. They both went there to visit their respective relatives. Later, they became lovers. They were in a long-distance relationship although being 35 miles apart from each other. Over the course of three years of their relationship, they had met very few times, only 2 or 3 times. 

Carter first helped Roy in his bad times. She discouraged Roy not to take his own life. Rather, she encouraged him to seek professional help. 

However, her attitude towards her then-boyfriend, Roy changed. She started thinking that it would be better if she helped her boyfriend to die. 

Michelle Carter

Who is Michelle Carter?

On the day of 13 July 2014, she allegedly encouraged Roy to commit suicide by asking him via text messages to get back in his truck, filled with carbon monoxide. Then, Conrad killed himself by poisoning himself in his truck.

Following Roy's death, Carter who was 17 at the time, was indicted a 'youthful offender' rather than a 'juvenile'. She was charged with involuntary manslaughter in Taunton, Massachusetts.

On 16 June 2017, the Bristol Court Juvenile Court of Massachusetts, Judge Lawrence Moniz found Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter and on 2 August 2017, the judge sentenced her to serve a two-and-a-half-year term with 15 months to be served in the Bristol County House of Corrections, the rest balance suspended and five years of probation to be served. Her lawyers requested to issue a stay of the sentence until all of Carter's Massachusetts court appeal options are exhausted.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered Carter's involuntary manslaughter conviction to stand on 6 February 2019. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court also announced that she will have to face her 15 months prison sentence, followed by five years of probation and the rest of the 2.5-year sentence suspended. Massachusetts judge ordered Carter to begin serving her sentence on 11 February 2019. She was taken into custody on the same day. She was being held in the medical unit of the Bristol County House of Corrections overnight. She will be re-evaluated daily before transferring her to the general population. She is 22-years old as of 2019.


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