Earlier this month, Michelle Carter, the woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter for sending text messages urging her then-boyfriend to kill himself, was sentenced to 15 months in prison. On Wednesday, Carter's legal team filed a notice to appeal that decision, PEOPLE reports.
Carter's attorney Joseph Cataldo made the team's intention to appeal clear after Carter’s sentencing and added that such a process could take months and even years.
According to PEOPLE, it remains unclear at this point which element Carter will be contesting: the conviction or the sentence.
This case is one of the first of its kind, according to Cosmopolitan. A judge found Carter, 20, guilty in June for encouraging her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to commit suicide three years ago. Roy sat in his pickup in July 2014, filling his truck with carbon monoxide and trying to kill himself. Having second thoughts, he left the truck, and Carter told him to ‘‘get back in.’’
In June, a judge called that text from Carter reckless conduct. He added that Carter knew what condition he was in and yet didn’t call 911 or Roy’s family. Carter was 17 at the time.
“You can’t think about it,” Carter wrote in one of the text messages to her boyfriend. “You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.”
In the trial, prosecutors accused Carter of wanting the sympathy and attention that came with being the ‘‘grieving girlfriend,” while a psychiatrist argued that Carter was on medication that clouded her judgement.
A judge and not a jury convicted her.
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