Mother of Conrad Roy Files $4.2M Lawsuit Against Michelle Carter

Mother of Conrad Roy Files $4.2M Lawsuit Against Michelle Carter

Mother of Conrad Roy Files $4.2M Lawsuit Against Michelle Carter

Roy's aunt, Kim Bozzi, said Carter should be "kept far away from society" and that the judge should sentence her to 20 years to "take away the spotlight that she so desperately craved".

Roy suffered from depression and before he killed himself, Carter sent the 18-year-old dozens of texts pressuring him to commit suicide.

Carter was sentenced Thursday to two and a half years in jail, with 15 months to be served and the rest suspended until 2022.

He granted a defence motion that would keep Carter out of jail until her appeals in MA courts are exhausted.

Judge Moniz while declaring the sentence said it "a tragedy for two families". She was a 20-year-old American exchange student in the Italian town of Perugia when she and an ex-boyfriend were charged in 2007 with the brutal murder of her British roommate. "And the world no longer has that", she said. "Where was her humanity?" said Roy's father.

Prosecutor Maryclare Flynn called probation "just not reasonable punishment" for Carter's role in Roy's death. The following day, "20/20" features an hour on this unprecedented case and the events leading up to Roy's tragic death.

She said after Roy's death, Carter put on a charade as "the grieving girlfriend" for Roy's family and friends, even though she had repeatedly pressured him to act on his suicidal thoughts.

Carter's attorney said that would be addressed in the appeal as well.

"I just don't understand how somebody can be free, knowing that she deliberately told [Roy] to get back in the auto", Makenna said.

"You always say you're gonna do it, but you never do", Carter taunted in one of her numerous text messages.

The "insistent tone of Carter's text messages" drew widespread attention to the case, the AP reports.

"You can't think about it. I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing", "You just have to do it" and "It's painless and quick". "I mean, you're about to die".

Cataldo argued Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. "It exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions".

Michelle Carter urged her boyfriend to kill himself through a series of text messages in which she told him that this was the best solution for himself and his family.

The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute.

Roy's relatives told the court they were devastated by his death.

"I am heartbroken", the father said.

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting. Cataldo also argued that Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.

"There is no law in MA making it a crime to persuade someone to commit suicide", Segal said.

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