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by David K. Li
The Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend's suicide by text messaging was taken into custody on Monday after the Supreme Court of the state confirmed his involuntary conviction of culpable homicide.
Michelle Carter, 22, must immediately start serving her 15-month stay behind bars, Judge Lawrence Moniz, Bristol County Youth County Judge, commanded by the Taunton, Massachusetts bench.
Carter's defense attorneys had asked Moniz to keep their client free during their attempts to get the case heard by the US Supreme Court. And earlier, Monday, the Massachusetts Supreme Court rejected Carter's emergency motion to delay the imposition of the sentence
"This case, legally, is not over," he told the judge. defense lawyer Joseph Cataldo. "We fully intend to appeal to the US Supreme Court within the next 90 days."
Moniz did not comment on the merits of the accusation or defense arguments when he ordered Carter to be arrested.
Carter showed no emotion while the bailiffs took her away.
The state court last Wednesday confirmed Carter's conviction for 2017 manslaughter for his role in the July suicide of Conrad Roy III, July 18.
Carter was on the phone with Roy as he inhaled carbon monoxide inside his truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Carter was 17 and only about a month left a psychiatric hospital when Roy took his own life.
Carter opted against a jury and Judge Moniz discovered that she contributed to Roy's death by telling him to "return" his truck was filling with poisonous vapors.
"The evidence against the defendant has shown that, through his unbridled or reckless conduct, he caused the death of the victim by suicide," according to the opinion of the Supreme Court last week. "His conviction for culpable homicide is not legal or constitutionally infirm, the judgment is therefore affirmed."
The court quoted Carter's own words, in text messages to friends after Roy's death, as support for his conviction.  "As the same accused explained, and we repeat for its importance,` [The victim’s] death is my fault as honestly I could have stopped him I was on the phone with him and he came out of [truck] because he was working and he he got scared and I told him to come back, "wrote the court in his decision.
Editor's Note: If you're looking for help, call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.