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Michelle Carter asks parole board for early release after serving nearly half of 15-month sentence in texting suicide case

2019-09-19

Michelle Carter wants out of jail.

Behind bars for pushing her boyfriend to suicide with a series of text messages, Carter asked for an early release as she appeared before the state parole board in Massachusetts on Thursday. She has served seven months as part of her 15-month sentence.

The 22-year-old Carter was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Conrad Roy, who took his own life three years before in a Kmart parking lot in Fairhaven, Mass. He was 18.

Carter began serving her sentence earlier this year after exhausting her appeals. A decision by the parole board was not announced Thursday.

Text messages sent by Carter to Roy included, “you keep pushing it off and say you’ll do it but u never do. It’s always gonna be that way if u don’t take action.”

“I think your parents know you’re in a really bad place," she also wrote. “I’m not saying they want you to do it, but I honestly feel like they can except it. They know there’s nothing they can do, they’ve tried helping, everyone’s tried.”

Carter also ordered him in a phone call to get back in his carbon monoxide-filled truck on July 13, 2014.

Massachusetts lawmakers have proposed “Conrad’s Law,” which would make coercing someone into taking their own life a crime punishable by up to five years behind bars.

A wrongful death suit filed by the Roy family against Carter was resolved privately. The high-profile texting suicide case was also the subject of a two-part HBO documentary released in July.

With News Wire Services