On July 13, 2014, Conrad Roy III was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck in the parking lot of Fairhaven Kmart. During the investigation, authorities found hundreds of texts and statements showing how Michelle Carter, his girlfriend, encouraged him to commit suicide. Carter admitted to a friend that Roy had shared his last-minute fears with her in a phone call before he died. She told him to “get back in” the truck.
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Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group, reported that Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017. She was sentenced to serve a 15-month prison sentence by a Juvenile Court Judge. She started serving her sentence on February 11, 2019. But, there’s a possibility that she could get out of jail early. In Massachusetts, inmates may earn up to 10 days monthly for working at the jail and attending educational programs.
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Recently, it was reported that Carter’s release date was moved up to March 13 from the original release date of May 5. According to the authorities, her good behavior was the reason behind this. Prison officials at Bristol County House Correction in Dartmouth described her as a ‘model inmate’. However, the Massachusetts parole board denied Carter’s request to be set free. According to People, an American weekly magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories, the written decision says: “The [board] is troubled that Ms. Carter not only encouraged [Roy] to take his own life, she actively prevented others from intervening in his suicide. Ms. Carter’s self-serving statements and behavior, leading up to and after his suicide, appear to be irrational and lacked sincerity.”
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“Ms. Carter needs to further address her causative factors that led to the governing offense,” the decision added. Joseph Cataldo, Carter’s attorney, stated that he was disappointed with the parole board’s decision. He cited that she had mental health issues and was also struggling during the time of Roy’s death. “She has conducted herself within the confines of her release, so I believe she was an excellent candidate for parole. By no means is she a danger to society,” he added.