Michelle Carter denied early release from prison by Mass. Parole Board

Michelle Carter denied early release from prison by Mass. Parole Board

Carter was sentenced back in February and is still scheduled for release in May of 2020.

Roy, 18, poisoned himself with carbon monoxide in a truck he parked in a Kmart parking lot in Fairhaven, Mass.

Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017.

Carter texted Roy the day of his death that he should follow through with his suicidal plans if death was truly what he wanted.

Carter's appeal Thursday to be released after serving about half her sentence was denied by a two-member state parole board, according to a record of the decision provided by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security in MA.

"The (Board) is troubled that Ms Carter not only encouraged Mr Conrad (Roy III) 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".

The lawyers, who appealed her conviction to the US Supreme Court, declined to comment Friday.

Carter's case has garnered national attention and sparked legislative proposals in MA to criminalize suicide coercion.


Earlier this year, MA lawmakers proposed a new law called "Conrad's Law", which would make what Carter did, encouraging someone to commit or try to commit suicide, punishable by up to five years in jail.

Roy's aunt, Becki Maki, said in a statement provided by Quinn's office that Carter still belongs in custody. They lived an hour apart in MA, communicating nearly exclusively via texts, online and by phone.

Both Roy and Carter suffered from clinical depression and had previously attempted suicide, two disheartening factors the young pair centered their companionship on.

The 22-year old was seeking release after serving seven months out of her 15 month sentence. When he had second thoughts, Carter texted him to "catch encourage in" the auto.

"You keep pushing it off and say you'll do it but u never do".

'His death is my fault like honestly I could have stopped him, ' she said in a message to a friend.

In a June 2017 interview with "48 Hours", Roy's mother, Lynn Roy, said she doesn't believe Carter "has a conscience".

"I know she was working in the kitchen at one point", said Darling.

If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, there is help.

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