Conrad Roy's 'Thrilled' Grandpa Demands Michelle Carter Get 'Maximum' Sentence

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

Michelle Carter, a teen at the time of the death and now 20, cried and shook as Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz found her guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the series of texts and phone calls urging her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to kill himself.

Had he stayed in the pickup truck, the judge said, he would have caused his own death.

Assistant district attorney Katie Rayburn tells reporters that both defendant Michelle Carter's family and the family of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, "have been torn apart".

"She instructed Mr. Roy to get back into the truck, well knowing his ambiguities, his fears, his concerns". Her attorneys said she suffered from a severe eating disorder, in addition to other mental health issues, and that she and Roy had initially bonded over their shared emotional problems.

She faces up to 20 years in prison.

Text messages between the two shown in court revealed that Carter, then 17, told Roy to "get back in" the vehicle as it filled with the lethal gas.

Defense lawyers used the same messages to depict Carter as a misguided teenager, addled by medication, who thought she was helping a deeply troubled friend. You're just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off.

"If you point a gun at somebody, you're pretty much intending to shoot them", Gutterman said. "You're dealing with an individual who wanted to take his own life".

The defence argued that Mr Roy had been on a path to suicide "for years" and sought to minimise Carter's role in her boyfriend's life, saying the pair were in a "long-term texting relationship" and had met in person only a handful of times.

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"It's my fault", she texted to classmate Samantha Boardman. His girlfriend told him to get back in the truck.

Breggin said Carter was in the grips of a "grandiose" delusion that she alone could help Roy find his way to heaven and she would care for his family.

Roy's father said outside court that the family was pleased with the conviction.

Carter was charged in Roy's death and waived her right to a jury trial. The state has no formal law against encouraging suicide, and in order to convict her of the crime, the prosecution was tasked with proving the texts sent by Carter effectively killed him.

Texts messages which were presented in court make for harrowing reading, as the accused urges the deceased to act on his intentions.

Prosecutors asked for Michelle Carter to be incarcerated till sentencing and that she was a danger.

"I love you and greatly appreciate your effort and kindness toward me", Roy's note to Carter read.

In another text, she said: "If you want it as bad as you say you do, it's time to do it today". "Losing a child, I will live with this forever - the pain. I did this to finally to be happy".

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