TAUNTON — Judge Lawrence Moniz will sentence 20-year-old Michelle Carter within minutes for involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 suicide of her boyfriend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III of Mattapoisett.
A prosecutor has urged the maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment for a Lakeville woman who sent numerous text messages urging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself.
Michelle Carter’s lawyers asked for probation, but prosecutor Maryclare Flynn called that “just not reasonable punishment” for her role in the 2014 suicide of Conrad Roy III.
Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck.
Flynn said Thursday that all Carter needed to do was ask Roy to leave the truck. Instead, she told him to “get back in.”
Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued for probation, saying Carter doesn’t pose a danger to the public.
Carter clutched a tissue and had tears in her eyes as she awaited sentencing.
Conrad Roy Jr. told a court Thursday that the death of his son, Conrad Roy III, inflicted the “worst emotional pain” he has ever experienced. The father says: “I am heartbroken.”
A 13-year-old sister, Camden Roy, testified that she’s “haunted” by the realization that she’ll never see her brother wed or be an aunt to his children.
They spoke before the sentencing of Michelle Carter, who faces up to 20 years in prison on a conviction of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Roy to kill himself in 2014.
Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in 2014.
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