A Massachusetts judge sentenced a young woman to 2.5 years in prison for goading her boyfriend into suicide via text messages in 2014. Nathan Frandino reports.
A Massachusetts judge sentencing Michelle Carter to 2 and a half years in prison for sending her boyfriend Conrad Roy text messages, urging him to commit suicide in 2014. The verdict is the first time in the state a person has been found guilty of manslaughter only for words. Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz said he weighed Carter's age at the time of the crime in deciding the sentence. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAWRENCE MONIZ, BRISTOL COUNTY JUVENILE COURT JUDGE, SAYING: "I have not found that Ms. Carter's age or level of maturity or even her mental illness have any significant impact on her actions." Carter was three weeks shy of her 18th birthday at the time. She sent text messages to her boyfriend who was filling his truck with carbon monoxide in a parking lot. He briefly got out of the vehicle, but returned after Carter urged him to "get back in." Before the sentencing, Roy's father told the court Carter exploited his son. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CONRAD ROY, FATHER OF VICTIM, SAYING: "How could Michelle Carter behave so viciously and encourage my son to end his life? Where was her humanity?" The judge said the first 15 months of Carter's sentence would be served in prison with the balance suspended. But agreed to allow Carter to remain out of prison pending legal appeals of the case.