Teenager lands in jail for luring boyfriend to death

Teenager lands in jail for luring boyfriend to death”

The judge said that the 18-year-old Roy grew fearful as the truck filled with lethal gas, told Carter he was scared and attempted to exit, according to the Associated Press . He locked himself in his garage with his truck engine running and died of suffocation from carbon monoxide.

"This court finds that instructing Mr. Roy to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct", said Judge Lawrence Moniz.

Ms. Carter said she would look like a "fool" if Mr. Roy did not kill himself. Her family was also there as well as the parents of Roy.

In the Judge's ruling, he outlined that it was both Carter's actions and inaction which led to her guilty verdict. The judge said that though Carter knew Roy was in trouble, she took no action. A conviction of involuntary manslaughter can carry a sentence up to 20 years in prison, however, it is unlikely that Carter will receive a maximum sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for August 3.

At the time, Carter was 17 years old, and she sent hundreds of chilling text messages that encouraged (and later, demanded for) Roy to kill himself. Though Carter initially encouraged Roy to get help for his suicidal thoughts, she eventually egged him on. "The time is right and you're ready, you just need to do it!" to him, and at one point, when the teen got scared and exited his vehicle, Carter told him to "get back in" the auto.

He pointed to a text to Carter in which Roy wrote, "There is nothing anyone can do to make me want to live".

"The wrinkle here is whether she coerced him or pressured him into doing something that he wasn't in a position to rationally and autonomously decide to do because he was in such a depressive state", said Daniel Medwed, professor of law and criminal justice at Northeastern University. Moniz said that, and the fact that Roy could have tried again, was immaterial.

Carter did not call any members of Roy's family or the police, despite knowing his location and that he was at risk, Moniz said.

Michelle Carter, who was 17 when she committed the crime, was talking to her then-boyfriend via text during a suicide attempt.

The American Civil Liberties Union denounced the conviction, saying it "exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections" guaranteed by the MA and US constitutions. "This was a suicide-a sad and tragic suicide, but not a homicide".

Earlier in the trial, a psychiatrist testified that Carter was delusional after becoming "involuntarily intoxicated" by antidepressants. Records show a lengthy text message history between Roy and his girlfriend Michelle Carter, in which Carter repeatedly urges him to commit suicide.

What do you think of the verdict? "You're just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off, you just have to do it".

"Phones allow you to be virtually present", Rayburn said in concluding remarks. They remained in frequent contact through emails and text messages but rarely met in person.

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