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Michelle Carter Is Moved From Bristol County Jail

This Feb. 11, 2019, booking photo released by the Bristol County Sheriff's Office shows Michelle Carter. (Bristol County Sheriff's Office via AP)
This Feb. 11, 2019, booking photo released by the Bristol County Sheriff's Office shows Michelle Carter. (Bristol County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Michelle Carter, the Plainfield woman serving time for involuntary manslaughter in the suicide of her boyfriend, has been moved from the Bristol County Jail, a spokesman for the Bristol County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday.

The 22-year-old remains in the county's custody but was transferred out of the jail to a different location, according to spokesman Jonathan Darling, who declined to provide any details or reason for the move.

In 2017, Carter was sentenced to 15 months in jail after a judge found her guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The case centered on a slew of texts the then-17-year-old sent in July of 2014 to 18-year-old Conrad Roy III encouraging him to die by suicide.

Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz said Carter was criminally culpable in Roy's death because she ordered him to get back inside a truck filled with carbon monoxide. At the time, he was expressing second thoughts about killing himself to her. The judge's ruling focused on Carter's order to Roy and the fact that she "had a self-created duty" to Roy and failed to seek help for him.

Moniz permitted Carter to stay out of jail while she awaited an appeal of her sentence to the state's highest court, which in February upheld the lower court's decision. Although her lawyers hope the U.S. Supreme Court will take up her case, a judge ruled after the Supreme Judicial Court's decision that she should begin her sentence.

A bill, dubbed Conrad's Law in honor of the Mattapoisett teen, was filed in the Massachusetts Senate last week that would mandate five years of prison time for anyone convicted of coercing another person into suicide.


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

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