Early release? ‘Death by text’ girlfriend who pushed teen boy to kill himself asks parole board to let her out of prison early

A Massachusetts woman sentenced to 15 months in prison after pressuring her boyfriend to kill himself is asking for early release.

After serving seven months, Michelle Carter appeared before the Massachusetts Parole Board on Thursday. No decision has been made yet, according to NBC Boston, and the parole board does not have a deadline to decide.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Carter, now 23, was 17 when she sent numerous text messages to her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, pressuring him to kill himself after he threatened suicide in 2014. The text messages ultimately became the reason she received an involuntary manslaughter conviction in 2017.

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The judge who oversaw Carter’s 2017 trial said that Carter had the duty to contact law enforcement and/or Conrad’s parents once she knew her boyfriend planned to kill himself. The judge also referenced how  Carter told Conrad to “get back in” his truck and “finish the job.”

Conrad took his own life in a Kmart parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, by poisoning himself with carbon monoxide fumes while sitting inside his truck.


Prosecutors said Carter was responsible because she pushed the teen over the edge at a critical point in time when he needed help. Carter knew Conrad had attempted to kill himself in the past and in turn, pushed him to try until he succeeded.

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