Carter was convicted in June of encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy III's carbon monoxide poisoning death through a slew of text messages in July 2014, causing his death.
Regarding the sentencing, Medwed said his impression was that the judge was trying to make sure that Carter, then 17, served time near her home by assigning her to a county and not state facility. Moniz granted a defense motion to stay her sentence, meaning she will not have to go to jail until she exhausts her appeals in MA.
Moniz repeated a statement by a prosecutor which he called "perhaps the most poignant comment in the trial" - "This is tragedy for two families".
Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, had asked the judge to spare his client any jail time and instead require her to receive mental health counselling while serving probation. He said Carter was struggling with mental health issues of her own - bulimia, anorexia and depression - during the time she urged Roy to kill himself. While announcing the verdict, Moniz said that Carter instructed Roy "to get back into the truck well knowing of all of the feelings he [had] exchanged with her, his ambiguities, his fears, his concerns".
"One interpretation of that is perhaps the judge was thinking that it would be good to keep her close to her support network", the law professor said.
Prosecutor Maryclare Flynn called probation "just not reasonable punishment" for Carter's role in Roy's death. However, police said text messages they recovered suggest that by 2014, Carter had exhausted of Roy's idle talk of suicide and wanted him to go through with it. Carter encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas. "She should be behind bars".More news: Some Rides Reopened At Ohio State Fair
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In 2009, at 22, Knox was sentenced by an Italian court to 26 years imprisonment for the murder of Meredith Kercher, among other charges.
"Normally just mere words do not get you convicted", he said. Meanwhile, where's Conrad? Where's Conrad? Cataldo also argued that Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.
Bozzi wrote to the judge, "The defense said it was inevitable, that he would take his life eventually with or without her".
The young woman has been convicted of "involuntary manslaughter", according to a report in Independent. "Michelle Carter deserves the same sympathy and help now". "Like I don't get why you aren't", Carter wrote in one text. "I do believe she needs help and I do believe that she needs to take responsibility for her actions".
"She will forever live with what she has done", he wrote to the judge, "and I know will be a better person because of it". "I really don't know what I'm waiting for. but I have everything lined up".