A Massachusetts woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter after she convinced her boyfriend to kill himself in 2014 was released from jail Thursday morning, months ahead of schedule after earning time due to good behavior.
Michelle Carter, now 23, began serving her 15-month sentence in February, but earned enough time off her sentence for good behavior, a spokesperson at the Bristol County Sheriff's Office said.
"Ms. Carter has been a model inmate here at the Bristol County House of Corrections. She has participated in a variety of programs, held a job inside the jail, has been polite to our staff and volunteers, has gotten along with the other inmates, and we've had no discipline issues with her whatsoever," Jonathan Darling said.
Video showed Carter leaving the Bristol County House of Correction at around 9:30 a.m. local time wearing a black turtleneck, a light blazer, and black pants while carrying two clear garbage bags containing her belongings.
Carter was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, who killed himself in 2014 after Carter sent him a series of text messages in which she berated Roy and encouraged him to go through with the suicide. Prosecutors say Roy died from carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck while Carter listened to him die over the phone.
"I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you're ready, you just need to do it! You can't keep living this way," Carter wrote to Roy in one exchange.
Carter was tried as a juvenile and found guilty in 2017. The Supreme Court last week declined to hear Carter's case.
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