Michelle Carter, the Plainville woman convicted of manslaughter in the suicide death of Conrad Roy III, filed a notice of appeal in Taunton Juvenile Court on August 30.
Ms. Carter, now 21, was convicted of manslaughter after Judge Lawrence Moniz ruled that her constant barrage of text messages, emails and phone calls helped to create the toxic environment that led to Mr. Roy’s death. He was found in his pickup truck in the parking lot of Kmart in Fairhaven on July 13, 2014. A gas-powered water pump was in the truck with him. He died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
In a case that gained international attention, prosecutors contended that Ms. Carter’s texts to the suicidal Mr. Roy, goading him and encouraging him to kill himself, caused his death. The defense contended that there was no crime committed, and that Ms. Carter’s communications were protected speech.
Judge Moniz sentenced her to 2 1/2 years with 15 months to be served in jail. He ruled she could be free on probation until her state appeals are exhausted. Her probation ends on 8/3/22.
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