A TWISTED girlfriend caged after listening to her suicidal boyfriend die in a gas-filled car when she encouraged him to take his own life wants an early release.
Haggard-looking Michelle Carter was led before a parole hearing wearing ankle shackles and handcuffs.
The Massachusetts woman, now 22, was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy.
Roy killed himself by filling his pickup truck with carbon monoxide in a Kmart parking lot.
When he had second thoughts, Carter cruelly texted him to “get back in” the truck.
Her vile actions caused Conrad Roy to die in a deserted car park five years ago as carbon dioxide filled his vehicle, appeal judges ruled in February.
Explaining his decision to reject the appeal, Justice Scott Kafker, presiding over the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts, wrote back then: “After she convinced him to get back into the carbon monoxide filled truck, she did absolutely nothing to help him.
“She did not call for help or tell him to get out of the truck as she listened to him choke and die.”
Carter’s lawyers argued her texts were constitutionally protected free speech.
SHACKLED FOR PAROLE HEARING
Carter has served seven months of her 15-month manslaughter sentence.
NBC in Boston today posted aerial video of Carter walking with difficulty in shackles, while being led out of a Bristol County Sheriff’s van, into the parole board’s headquarters, reports the New York Post.
The publication said she was escorted out of the building, to be returned to jail.
A sheriff’s office told the Boston Herald she has been a “model inmate”.
News agency the Associated Press reports that no decision was announced following the closed-door hearing, and it’s unclear when a determination will be made.
DECISION IN TWO DAYS
There’s no deadline for a decision, which is typically made in writing and won’t require another appearance by Carter, according to Felix Browne, a spokesman for the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, which oversees the parole board.
Parole spokesman Jake Wark said: “The Parole Board will consider the facts and testimony and reach a decision, usually within 48 hours.
“Naturally that decision will go to the inmate and victim’s family first.”
Carter, her lawyer and members of the family of Conrad Roy didn’t comment after the hearing.
She was convicted following a bench trial in which a judge rather than a jury decided her fate.
APPEAL TO SUPREME COURT
The judge found then-17-year-old Carter caused Roy’s 2014 death when she ordered him in a phone call to get back in his carbon monoxide-filled truck that he’d parked in a Kmart parking lot.
The phone call wasn’t recorded, but the judge relied on a text Carter sent her friend in which she said she told Roy to get back in.
Her conviction has recently been appealed to the US Supreme Court, but America’s highest court hasn’t decided whether it will take up the case yet.
She has petitioned the court in hopes of getting her conviction overturned on First Amendment grounds.
Carter’s case attracted national attention and sparked legislative proposals to criminalise suicide coercion.
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The case was the subject of a two-part HBO documentary that was released in July.
Lawmakers in Massachusetts have also proposed “Conrad’s Law,” which would make convincing or manipulating someone into killing themselves a crime punishable by up to five years in jail.
A wrongful death suit filed by the Roy family against Carter was dismissed with prejudice in April after being resolved privately.
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com