UPDATE: 3:23 p.m. EDT - Michelle Carter was sentenced Wednesday to two and a half years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III. Judge Lawrence Moniz ordered Carter, 20, to serve 15 months along with probation.

Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in June after repeatedly urging Roy to kill himself via text message. Prosecutors presented extensive evidence of Carter's messages to her boyfriend in the lead up to his suicide in 2014.

Original story:

Michelle Carter, a young woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Conrad Roy III. Roy committed suicide in the summer of 2014 at the age of 18 by using carbon monoxide from a truck’s exhaust system to poison himself.

In the lead up to Conrad’s death, Carter repeatedly urged him to kill himself. In Carter’s trial that began Tuesday, evidence of the teens’ text message exchanges showed Carter’s continuous attempts to convince her boyfriend to commit suicide.

Read: Trial Begins For Michelle Carter, Who Encouraged Boyfriend To Commit Suicide

In Tuesday’s opening statements, prosecutors argued that Carter wanted to be the “grieving girlfriend,” according to WPRI-TV.

“The defendant needed something to get their attention,” Assistant District Attorney Maryclare Flynn said. “She used Conrad as a pawn in her sick game of life and death.”

Flynn also argued that Conrad and Carter were on the phone as he was committing suicide and at one point, Conrad attempted to get out of his truck.

“Conrad got out of his truck as he was being poisoned and he got scared,” said Flynn. “The defendant [expletive] told him to get back in.”

After Conrad’s death, Carter pretended to friends and family that she had no idea what had occurred, according to other text messages.

“She never admitted to anyone in the Roy family that she had helped Conrad for weeks to devise a suicide plan or that she was on the phone with Conrad and knew he committed suicide in the Kmart parking lot,” said Flynn.

In the August indictment of Carter, the Massachusetts’ District Attorney’s office released the text message conversations between Carter and Conrad:

Carter: I think your parents know you’re in a really bad place. I’m not saying they want you to do it but I honestly feel like they can accept it. They know there is nothing they can do. They’ve tried helping. Everyone’s tried, but there is a point that comes where there isn’t anything anyone can do to save you, not even yourself. And you’ve hit that point and I think your parents know you’ve hit that point. You said your mom saw a suicide thing on your computer and she didn’t say anything. I think everyone knows it’s on your mind and she’s prepared for it. Everyone will be sad for a while but they will get over it and move on. They won’t be in depression. I won’t let that happen. They know how sad you are, and they know that you are doing this to be happy and I think they will understand and accept it. They will always carry you in their hearts.

Conrad: Aww. Thank you, Michelle.

Carter: They will move on for you because they know that’s what you would have wanted. They know you wouldn’t want them to be sad and depressed and be angry and guilty. They know you want them to live their lives and be happy. So they will for you. You’re right. You need to stop thinking about this and just do it because over turning always kills, over thinking.

Conrad: Yeah, it does. I’ve been thinking about it for too long.

Carter: Always smile, and yeah, you have to just do it. You have everything you need. There is no way you can fail. Tonight is the night. It’s now or never.

Carter: [D]on’t be scared. You already made this decision and if you don’t do it tonight you’re gonna be thinking about it all the time and stuff all the rest of your life and be miserable. You’re finally going to be happy in heaven. No more pain. No more bad thoughts and worries. You’ll be free. It’s okay to be scared and it’s normal. I mean, you’re about to die. I would be concerned if you weren’t scared, but I know how bad you want this and how bad you want to be happy. You have to face your fears for what you want.

In another exchange, Carter told Conrad he shouldn’t be afraid of failing in his attempt to kill himself.

Carter: …If you don’t think about it, you won’t think about failing. You’ll just do it and then thinking you’ll succeed.

Conrad: Right. That’s what I’m talking about. I read so much about failed attempts gone wrong that it’s gotten me discouraged.

Carter: Yeah, exactly, so stop doing that. There is more success than there are failures.

Conrad: Are you kidding me?

Carter: You have to look at it that way and people only fail because they have the same mindset as you. Thinking they’ll fail.

Conrad: I really want to believe you.

Carter: Why don’t you.

In another text message, Carter said she was frustrated that Conrad hadn’t committed suicide yet.

Carter: Well… I guess [that I am frustrated], just because you always say you are gonna do it but you don’t, but last night I know you really wanted to do it and I’m not mad. Well, I mean kind of, I guess, just because you always say you’re gonna do it... but you don’t but last night I knew you really wanted to and I’m not mad.

Carter: You’re not joking about this or bullshitting me, right? … I just want to make sure you’re being serious. Like, I know you are, but I don’t know. You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do. I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing.

In other text message conversations, Carter advised Conrad about obtaining a generator to use in this suicide. On the morning of his death, Carter messaged Conrad:

Carter: You can’t think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.

Conrad: I don’t get it either. I don’t know.

Carter: So I guess you aren’t gonna do it then. All that for nothing. I’m just confused. Like you were so ready and determined.

Conrad: I am gonna eventually. I really don’t know what I’m waiting for but I have everything lined up.

Carter: No you’re not, Conrad. Last night was it. You kept pushing it off and you say you’ll do it, but you never do. It’s always gonna be that way if you don’t take action. You’re just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off. You just have to do it. Do you want to do it now?

Conrad: Is it too late? I don’t know. It’s already light outside. I’m gonna go back too sleep. Love you. I’ll text you tomorrow.

Carter: No. It’s probably the best time now because everyone is sleeping. Just go somewhere in your truck and no one is really out there right now because it’s an awkward time. If you don’t do it now you’re never gonna do it, and you can say you’ll do it tomorrow, but you probably won’t.

Carter: Tonight? Love you

Conrad: Thank you.

Carter: For what? Are you awake?

Conrad: Yes.

Carter: Are you gonna do it today?

Conrad: Yes.

Carter: Like in the day time?

Conrad: Should I?

Carter: Yeah, it’s less suspicious. You won’t think about it as much and you’ll get it over with instead of wait until the night.


Conrad: Like, why am I so hesitant lately. Like two weeks ago I was willing to try everything and now I’m worse, really bad, and I’m LOL not following through. It’s eating me inside.

Carter: You’re so hesitant because you keeping over thinking it and keep pushing it off. You just need to do it, Conrad. YThe more you push it off, the more it will eat at you. You’re ready and prepared. All you have to do is turn the generator on and you will be free and happy. No more pushing it off. No more waiting.

Conrad: You’re right

Carter: If you want it as bad as you say you do it’s time to do it today

Conrad: Yup. No more waiting

Carter: Okay, I’m serious. Like you can’t even wait til tonight. You have to do it when you get back from your walk.

The full transcript of the conversation can be read here.