The infamous Michelle Carter. The first woman ever convicted of killing a man with a text message had her sentence handed down to her today and people are not happy about it.
She was sentenced by Judge Lawrence Moniz to 2 and a half years in prison which is the minimum you can get for involuntary manslaughter. She’ll serve 15 months, and she can remain free pending her appeal.
Now before I get into how I feel about the conviction and sentence, I’d like to preface it by saying I think this chick is pretty awful. She said some nasty, cold, manipulative things to Mr. Roy in their text message conversations. She told him to kill himself, and he ended up doing it. That’s some evil shit, I won’t deny that. That being said, I think that her being charged with involuntary manslaughter doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. First of all, Conrad Roy killed himself. Nobody is disputing that. He climbed into a vehicle, and essentially suffocated himself on carbon monoxide fumes. He was by himself, Carter wasn’t even in the same neighborhood. The text message conversation is pretty messed up, and it’s hard not to hate Carter while you’re reading it. It seems like Roy was second guessing himself while Carter was talking him back into it. At one point, he actually got out of the truck, and she told him to “get back in.” To which, he did. If that’s manslaughter, it should be voluntary, shouldn’t it? Since her intent was apparently for him to die? If the prosecutions case was that she said things to him which caused him to kill himself, then that was her intent. They charged her with involuntary manslaughter, so that means she didn’t intend for him to die, but he did anyways. If her intent was not for him to die, then what’s the crime? All there is, is a text message conversation where she says things, presumably without meaning since her role in his death was involuntary according to the court.
I think this girl is a monster. I think she’s evil. I think she didn’t break any laws. I think she is not directly responsible for his death. I think it’s plausible that he would have ended up killing himself whether she talked him into it or not; he was clearly troubled. I don’t condone her actions, but I also don’t agree with the conviction or the sentencing. I think this opens the door for an already overbearing government to further regulate the things we say, rather than things we do. And I think that’s a dangerous road to travel down.
By : Dave Wilkins