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WATCH Michelle Carter Sentencing In Teen Text Killer Case

04 August 2017

The boy's aunt is asking for 20 years behind bars for the now 20 year old, but the woman's father will ask that his daughter be spared prison time.

When police found Roy's lifeless body in the cab of a pickup filled with carbon dioxide in a Kmart parking lot, it was initially treated as a suicide.

A prosecutor has urged the maximum of 20 years' imprisonment for a MA woman who sent numerous text messages urging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself.

Moniz, who also issued the verdict in the case after Carter waived her right to a jury trial, ruled in June that phone calls Carter made to Roy in the minutes before his death directly caused his suicide and justified the manslaughter charge, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. NBC Boston will broadcast the proceedings live.

Carter was 17 when Roy died in 2014.

The two teens first met during a family vacation in 2012 and after that their relationship built around text messages.

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"When are you gonna do it?"

Carter's defense attorney, Joseph Cataldo, countered with a request for a sentence of five years supervised probation with conditions including mental-health counseling.

"This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions", Matthew Segal, legal director at the ACLU of MA, said.

"This court finds that instructing Mr. Roy to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct by Ms. Carter, creating a situation where there is a high degree of likelihood a high degree of harm would result to Mr. Roy", Moniz said while reading the verdict in June. "She was the one on the other end goading him", Flynn said of Carter's family.

The Massachusetts woman recently was found guilty of encouraging Conrad Roy III to commit suicide after sending him thousands of sadistic text messages.

"I would be shocked if she got the maximum sentence", Daniel Medwed, a professor of law and criminal justice at Northeastern University School of Law, told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday.

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"If I were the judge, that would be something that I would be thinking about", Bloom said.

The case appears to set a legal precedent, as there is no MA law that criminalises telling a person to commit suicide.

The American Civil Liberties Union of MA has already criticized the ruling as a violation of Carter's right to free speech.

"You can't think about it".

The verdict sent immediate shockwaves across the country and drew opposing stances from experts in the legal community.

Knox went on to compare Carter's trial to her own. Roy's mother encouraged that outcome, and hopes it "will save lives some day".

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The judge rejected a theory of involuntary intoxication raised by psychiatrist Peter Breggin, a defence witness who testified that Carter's own medication would have hindered her state of mind.

WATCH Michelle Carter Sentencing In Teen Text Killer Case