Heartless psychopath Michelle Carter is as hated for her eyebrows as much as she is for pressuring a disturbed young man, Conrad Roy, to kill himself. The Sacramento Bee covers the eyebrow issue that has the Internet abuzz.
The comments across the Internet about the sentence Carter received indicate a disgust not only with eyebrows but also with the judge who gave the odd looking young woman a break through a light sentence.
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who sent her boyfriend dozens of text messages urging him to kill himself has been sentenced to 15 months in jail on a manslaughter charge.
Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in June by a judge who said she caused the death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III when she told him to “get back in” his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide.
Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz also sentenced Carter on Thursday to five years of probation. Moniz allowed Carter to return home after sentencing her Thursday to a 15-month jail term plus five years’ probation. Her lawyers had asked for the stay.
Carter was 17 when Roy died in 2014.
During Carter’s trial, her lawyer argued that Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that.
Carter faced a maximum sentence of 20 years.
CBS News elaborates on the case that shocked the nation.
If her appeals are successful, she may never serve a day behind bars. Her punishment left Roy’s loved ones shell-shocked and at a loss for words.
Asked if this case will ever be over for her, Conrad’s mother Lynn Roy, said, “No. It never will be.”
Roy’s family was distraught as it became clear they would not see Carter hauled off to jail
Carter was on the phone with Conrad as he was dying of carbon monoxide poisoning inside his truck in July 2014.
She never called for help. When Conrad apparently changed his mind and got out of his vehicle, she even told him to get back inside.
Conrad suffered from depression and before he killed himself, carter sent the 18-year-old dozens of texts pressuring him to commit suicide.
One read, “Hang yourself, jump off a building, stab yourself I don’t know there’s a lot of ways.”
“Michelle Carter exposed my son’s weaknesses and used him as a pawn. Where was her humanity?” said Conrad’s father.
Carter, who herself has struggled with anxiety and eating disorders, wept at times during the hearing.
“This is a tragedy for two families,” said Judge Lawrence Moniz.
Moniz sentenced her to two and a half years in jail, but said Carter would only have to spend half of that – 15 months – behind bars. She also received five years’ probation.
The judge noted Carter was three weeks shy of turning 18 at the time of Conrad’s suicide, still a child in the eyes of the law.
“The fact that they are still of that young age offers a greater promise of rehabilitation,” Moniz said.
Moniz then put Carter’s sentence on hold to allow her lawyers to file appeals.
“I don’t think anybody would be prepared to go to jail for what they said. Words alone don’t end up putting people in jail,” said Joseph Cataldo, Carter’s defense attorney.
Judge Moniz had the option of giving Carter a longer sentence, up to seven years according to one source. The “judges” on the Internet would have done so, I believe. Carter will be shunned and shamed, as well as have to report to a probation officer once she leaves prison.
Hopefully, she won’t be able to find another disturbed young man to exploit for her evil purposes. Meanwhile, she’ll have plenty of free time to thin out those eyebrows everyone hates.