Michelle Carter, the young woman who notoriously encouraged her boyfriend to die by suicide, has been released from prison.
Jonathan Darling, a public information officer for the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, told Oxygen.com that Carter, now 23, was released Thursday morning at around 9:30 am.
Carter could be seen leaving Bristol County Jail on January 23 with two jail officials by her side, one of whom was helping Carter carry out clear garbage bags of her belongings, NBC Boston reports.
Carter wore the same light-colored blazer and black turtleneck she wore the day she was booked a little over 11 months ago. She was initially supposed to serve 15 months after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III. A judge had determined that Carter, who was 17 at the time, was culpable in 18-year-old Roy's suicide after she encouraged him over texts to kill himself, as well as telling him in a phone call to get back in his carbon monoxide-filled truck that he’d parked in a Kmart parking lot the night he died.
However, Carter was released early on good behavior.
“Ms. Carter has earned enough good time to be released on Jan. 23,” Darling told Oxygen.com in an e-mail statement last week. “Ms. Carter has been a model inmate here at the Bristol County House of Corrections. She has participated in a variety of programs, held a job inside the jail, has been polite to our staff and volunteers, has gotten along with the other inmates, and we’ve had no discipline issues with her whatsoever.”
He added that “inmates in Massachusetts jails can earn up to 10 days of good time, or time off their sentence, every month for a variety of reasons, including attending programs, having a job inside the jail, and not getting into any discipline/trouble while here.”
The Supreme Court decided earlier this month not to hear an appeal by Carter, letting her manslaughter conviction stand. Carter’s case has garnered national attention and sparked controversial legislative proposals in Massachusetts to criminalize suicide coercion. Carter’s lawyers have long been trying to appeal her conviction, claiming in a petition that it violated both her First Amendment right to free speech and her Fifth Amendment right to due process.
The case got renewed attention last year after the release of "I Love You, Now Die," a documentary directed by Erin Lee Carr, which explored her controversial case.
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