Published: Sat, August 05, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

Conrad Roy's Family Breaks Silence After Michelle Carter's Sentencing

Conrad Roy's Family Breaks Silence After Michelle Carter's Sentencing

Roy, 18 had begun to fill his truck with carbon monoxide, but jumped out of the vehicle in panic during the attempt. Judge Lawrence Moniz sentenced her on Thursday to 2½-years in jail, but ruled she would be eligible for probation after 15 months and suspended the rest of her sentence until 2022.

Regarding the sentencing, Medwed said his impression was that the judge was trying to make sure that Carter, then 17, served time near her home by assigning her to a county and not state facility.

The judge has put Carter's sentence on hold until all of her appeals are exhausted.

Like Carter's trial, Knox's case drew worldwide media attention, with many presuming guilt prior to the verdict being reached. "How could Michelle Carter react so wrongly and reassured my son to end his life? has she lost all her humanity?", he asked. He said Carter was struggling with mental health issues of her own - bulimia, anorexia and depression - during the time she urged Roy to kill himself.

Amanda Knox penned an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times published Friday that calls for Carter to receive help, not prison time.

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"I'm unsure when she chose to set her sick plan into motion or why", Bozzi said in a victim impact statement given to the Boston Herald.

Prosecutor Maryclare Flynn called probation "just not reasonable punishment" for Carter's role in Roy's death. Carter, said Munoz, knew the action would result in his death, leading him to describe her behavior as wanton and reckless conduct.

Carter, 20, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a contentious trial revealed hundreds of text messages in which she urged her boyfriend to take his own life.

When Roy suggested they should be like Romeo and Juliet, the lovers who killed themselves in the Shakespeare play, Carter said she didn't want them to die, the court was told.

A 13-year-old sister, Camden Roy, testified that she's "haunted" by the realization that she'll never see her brother Wednesday or be an aunt to his children.

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"2 1/2 years is not enough", O'Donnell said. You said you were gonna do it. Carter texted that she "told him to get back in". Cataldo also argued that Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.

Cataldo said he's confident Carter eventually will be vindicated. Knox spent four years in an Italian prison after she and her then-boyfriend were convicted in the murder of a fellow exchange student with whom she lived.

Days before his death, Carter urged him to get help. He also ordered that Carter not be allowed to profit in any way from the events that led to her conviction.

"I believe she should be kept far away from society", Roy's aunt, Kim Bozzi, wrote in a statement, according to the Boston Herald.

"I would be concerned if you weren't scared, but I know how bad you want this and how bad you want to be happy".

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