Conviction for encouraging suicide upheld
A US court has ruled that Michelle Carter, now 22, should serve her full 15-month sentence for coaxing her boyfriend to take his own life.
Carter was 17 when her boyfriend Conrad Roy, then 18, told her of his plans to commit suicide.
Roy was in his truck and texted Carter that he was having second thoughts but she insisted he "get back in" the truck.
Carter was sentenced to 15 months for involuntary manslaughter, a ruling that Massachusetts' highest court has upheld.
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"The evidence against the defendant proved that, by her wanton or reckless conduct, she caused the victim's death by suicide. Her conviction of involuntary manslaughter as a youthful offender is not legally or constitutionally infirm. The judgment is therefore affirmed," the court ordered in a 33-page decision written by Justice Scott L. Kafker.
Carter also faces a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Roy's mother in Norfolk Superior Court.
That case is next scheduled to be heard March 6.
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