Teen texting manslaughter verdict could face a legal challenge

Michelle Carter could get 20-year prison term at Thursday sentencing

20-year-old Michelle Carter will serve two and a half years for her instrumental role in the death of Conrad Roy III, a significant reduction of her possible sentence of 20 years. Carter asked again. "Stop ignoring the question".

"How could Michelle Carter behave so viciously and encourage my son to end his life?"

USA media says one of Roy's relatives is seeking the maximum 20 years, but that Carter's father will instead plead for probation.

While the judge did not give credence to the psychiatrist's contention in his verdict, it is likely that he will consider Carter's mental health issues and medication as mitigating factors in the sentencing, Medwed said.

"Get back in", Carter told Roy, according to a friend who testified Carter described the conversation in a text message to her about a month after Roy died.

The verdict sent immediate shockwaves across the country and drew opposing stances from experts in the legal community.

Flynn said Thursday that all Carter needed to do was ask Roy to leave the truck. It was the moment that she told him to go back into the deadly cab that was criminal.




However, he said that Moniz might favor leniency in the prison term, given Carter's relative youth at the time of the incident, her documented history of mental health troubles, and evidence of taking antidepressants as presented by her defense lawyers during the trial.

"The time is right and you are ready. just do it babe", she texted him the day he killed himself. Many expect Carter to appeal the conviction.

"This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions", Matthew Segal, legal director at the ACLU of MA, said.

The case has been closely watched as a possible avenue for the creation of laws to punish those who might pressure another person into suicide. Gertner said that the decision to have a bench trial was an opportunity for the defense to avoid a jury being swayed by emotion, but judges can also be subjected to the emotionality of a case, not just the letter of the law.

Some were also of the opinion that the judgment was in contradiction with the first amendment of the Constitution, which protects freedom of expression. Joseph Cataldo, her defense lawyer, declined to provide a comment to BuzzFeed News before the sentencing.

Roy's family told a court Thursday before Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz sentenced Carter that they were devastated by his death.

If someone you know is struggling emotionally or having thoughts of suicide, call the Suicide Prevent Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) at any time. "We don't anticipate [Carter] will do this again, and the sentence will predict that". "Carter may not be innocent in a moral or philosophical sense, but she was wrongfully convicted".

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