Prosecutors Want Michelle Carter To Begin 15-Month Sentence

TAUNTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio/AP) — For the time being Michelle Carter remains a free woman. Prosecutors are asking a judge to order the Massachusetts woman begin serving her 15-month jail sentence for encouraging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself.

Michelle Carter, 22, will appear in court Monday for a hearing to consider prosecutors' request. Carter was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter for her role in the death of Conrad Roy III. The judge allowed Carter to remain free while she appeals in state court. Massachusetts' highest court upheld her conviction last week.

Carter's lawyers say she isn't responsible for Roy's suicide. "We don't convict people based on uncorroborated confessions," said Attorney Daniel Marks. In a statement after last week's ruling, Marks added the decision stretches the law to assign blame for a tragedy that was not a crime, and has troubling implications for free speech, due process, and the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Marks says he will evaluate all legal actions, which includes a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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