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Michelle Carter, Convicted for Telling Conrad Roy to Take His Own Life, Released from Prison Early

Michelle Carter, the Massachusetts woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her then-boyfriend Conrad Roy III to die by suicide, is out of prison. As expected, she was released early from her stay behind bars.

The defendant was convicted in 2017. Prosecutors said she, then 17, repeatedly egged 18-year-old Roy to take his own life. In text messages, she remained adamant even when he voiced reluctance.

ROY: Like, why am I so hesitant lately. Like two weeks ago I was willing to try everything and now I’m worse, really bad, and I’m LOL not following through. It’s eating me inside.

CARTER: You’re so hesitant because you keeping over thinking it and keep pushing it off. You just need to do it, Conrad. The more you push it off, the more it will eat at you. You’re ready and prepared. All you have to do is turn the generator on and you will be free and happy. No more pushing it off. No more waiting.

ROY: You’re right.

Carter’s defense failed their attempt to get the U.S. Supreme Court to hear here appeal, but authorities released her early from her sentence, citing good behavior while behind bars.

Now she must spend five years on probation.

“While we are disappointed that she was not required to serve her full sentence it doesn’t change that Conrad is forever gone,” Roy’s family said in a statement. “We will continue to remember him and honor him.”

Matt Naham contribued to this report.

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