connectVideoMichelle Carter taken into custody to start her jail sentence for manslaughter
The Massachusetts woman who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself has started with her imprisonment.
Michelle Carter, 22, was escorted from a courtroom in Taunton on Monday and transported to the prison. She was sentenced to 15 months in 2017, but the judge let her remain free while she appealed the conviction.
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Last week, the Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld her conviction, saying that its actions are the cause of the death of Conrad Roy III.
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“After she convinced him to get back into the carbon monoxide filled truck, they did nothing to help him: she did not call for help or tell him to get out of the truck as she listened to him choke and die,” Supreme court Justice Scott Kafker wrote in the court’s opinion confirms her belief.
Carter’s lawyers said they plan to appeal the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, among other legal possibilities, and noted in court documents that Carter has no prior criminal record, has not tried to flee, and is undergoing mental health care.
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But on Monday, a judge ruled that Carter must start her sentence. She showed no emotion when they’re outside the courtroom.
Carter was 17 in July 2014, when they are convinced Roy, 18, to kill himself by means of dozens of sms-messages and phone calls, prosecutors said. Roy died when his pick-up truck filled with carbon monoxide in a store parking lot.
“You can’t think. You only need to do it. You said that you wanted to do. If I do not understand why you didn’t do,” Carter wrote in a text, chastising him hesitantly. She texted him on the day he died: “You keep pushing out and say that you are going to do, but you never do. It’s always gonna be that way if you take no action.”
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The case gained international attention and provided a disturbing look at teen depression and suicide. Carter and Roy both struggled with depression, and Roy had previously tried to kill himself. Their relationship mainly consisted of text messages and other forms of electronic communication.
Fox News’ Andrew Fone and The Associated Press contributed to this report.