Michelle Carter found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Michelle Carter has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. She's seen here on June 13 during her trial as her attorney Joe Cataldo standing center returns to the defense table

Michelle Carter now faces up to 20 years in jail for her role in the death of Conrad Roy III, who took his own life in July 2014. Consequently, Roy pumped carbon monoxide into his truck as he sat inside, breathing in the toxic fumes.

The judge went on to say that Carter had a duty to try to stop Roy, and also call his family or the police to intervene. “Get back in, ” Carter told Roy, according to a friend who testified Carter described the conversation in a text message to her about a month after Roy died.

"I think she needs to be held responsible for her actions 'cause she knew exactly what she was doing", she said.

Acting on Roy's behalf, prosecutors claimed that Carter was desperate for attention and asserted that Roy's death would provide her with the attention she craved.

Her sentence could range from probation to 20 years in prison.

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Mr Moniz presided over the two-week trial in Bristol Juvenile Court after Carter, now 20, waived her right to a jury trial and pleaded not guilty.

Judge Moniz determined that Carter's actions were "wanton and reckless conduct", and that though she was not present with Roy, she created "a situation where there [was] a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result to Mr. Roy". The state's top court, the Supreme Judicial Court, however, ruled against her and ordered a trial. Her sentencing is set for August.

Judge Moniz said the conduct of Carter towards Roy was not only immoral but illegal.

In addition to her encouragement, Carter also knew the location of Roy and his truck, and failed to alert any authorities, or Roy's family members. Roy eventually got back in the auto, and the next day his dead body was found inside. "And finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction: 'Get out of the truck'".

"You can't think about it". In the last days of his life, she told him repeatedly, "You just need to do it".

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Carter's defense attorney, Joseph Cataldo, argued that Roy was suicidal and would have gone through with his plan without Carter's urging, though at one point he told her he "didn't want to die".

That Roy may have died by suicide at a different time "is of no outcome to this court's deliberations", Moniz said.

The judge disagreed saying he did not take into account in his verdict of Roy's previous attempts at suicide.

Matthew Segal, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of MA, said that the verdict was a "drastic expansion of criminal law in MA".

"You open up the door to a direction where words now can amount to weapons, this is absolutely all new territory" Harnais said.

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