A Massachusetts woman, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the death of her boyfriend, will be released from prison early despite having been denied parole earlier, according to the reports.
Michelle Carter, 22, is serving a 15-month sentence for her role in the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, 18, who died by suicide in 2014 will be released nearly two months early despite being denied parole, CNN reported.
Carter was 17 in July 2014 when she persuaded Roy to kill himself through dozens of texts and phone calls. Roy was found dead in his car from self-inflicted carbon monoxide poisoning, prosecutors said.
“You have to just do it,” she texted him as Roy contemplated suicide, according to her arrest documents. “You have everything you need. There is no way you can fail. Tonight is the night. It’s now or never.”
Although she knew the location of his truck, she took no action to help Roy, she did not notify Roy’s mother or sisters, the judge said.
Carter has earned some“good time” allowing her to be released March 13 instead of May 5, Bristol County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jonathan Darling told CNN.
He said inmates can earn as many as 10 days monthly for working at the jail and attending educational and other programs.
Meantime, Carter’s appeal Thursday, Sept. 19, to be released after serving about half her sentence was denied by Massachusetts state parole board, according to The Associated Press.
In July, her attorneys filed a petition to the Supreme Court asking for her conviction to be overturned, The Washington Post reported.
Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued that Carter’s right to free speech shields her from criminal responsibility. He said, “It’s never in society’s best interest to incarcerate for the content of their speech where there was not a specific statute that criminalizes such speech at the time it was made.”