Woman Who Encouraged Her Boyfriend To Kill Himself Will Leave Jail Early
A young woman whose text messages and phone calls encouraged her boyfriend to take his own life will reportedly have her time in jail cut short.
Massachusetts woman Michelle Carter was in convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 for encouraging her suicidal boyfriend Conrad Roy to kill himself in 2014. A judge found that Carter caused Roy’s death when she told him to “get back in” his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide in Fairhaven.
The now 22-year-old has served seven months of her 15-month jail term and is due to be released in May next year.
But according to local reports, she may be released early, due to her "model" behaviour behind bars, and a pending parole decision.
According to reports Carter has been working in the jail kitchen and attending classes and programs at the Bristol Country House of Detention. An official told the outlet she earns ten days off her sentence with each month of attendance.
"She has been attending programs and classes inside the jail, and she has a job inside the jail," spokesman Jonathan Darling said.
"She's earned almost two months good time off."
“Her original date was in May, and now I believe as of this morning she has earned enough that she could get out in the middle of March.”
Carter is also awaiting the outcome of a parole hearing, which could see her out of jail even sooner.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld Carter's conviction in February, arguing "the evidence against the defendant proved that, by her wanton or reckless conduct, she caused the victim's death by suicide".
But in July, Carter's attorneys filed an appeal, arguing her conviction was "unprecedented" and violated both her First Amendment right to free speech and her Fifth Amendment right to due process.
"Michelle Carter did not cause Conrad Roy’s tragic death and should not be held criminally responsible for his suicide,” her attorney, Daniel Marx, said in a statement in July.
He said charging Carter "based on her words alone" violated her right to free speech, adding the “decision upholding her conviction created a conflict among state supreme courts".
Parole officials will make a decision in the coming days.
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