The Massachusetts woman convicted of pushing her boyfriend over text to commit suicide when they were both teens wants to be released from prison early.
Michelle Carter, now 22, became infamous after encouraging her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to kill himself. He was found dead in 2014 after he let his truck fill with carbon monoxide while sitting in a parking lot. Post-death, a trail of text messages revealed that Carter, then 17, was relentless in her pro-suicide texts to him. The texts exchanged between the teens were used in court, and led to Carter's involuntary manslaughter conviction in 2017.
To date, Carter has served seven months of her 15-month sentence at the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth. On Monday, a closed-door parole hearing was held in which Carter asked for her release, the Boston Globe reports. A decision could be made in less than 48 hours, according to the paper.
Carter was cuffed and shackled as she entered the hearing, NBC in Boston reports. Roy’s aunt and grandmother attended the hearing.
Shortly after her incarceration, Carter was described as a “model inmate" by Bristol County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jonathan Darling, who told told the Boston Herald that Carter had been “very polite with our staff.’
Carter’s lawyers have been trying to appeal her conviction, claiming it violated both her First Amendment right to free speech and her Fifth Amendment right to due process. Her lawyers want to bring the case to the Supreme Court, where they hope her conviction will be reviewed and vacated. In a petition filed over the summer, Carter’s defense wrote, “Michelle Carter’s conviction for involuntary manslaughter in connection with Conrad Roy III’s suicide is unprecedented.”
Earlier this year, HBO aired "I Love You, Now Die," a documentary directed by Erin Lee Carr which chronicled the controversial case.
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