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Teen Text Killer Michelle Carter Denied Parole For ‘Irrational’ Actions In Boyfriend’s Suicide

Michelle Carter, center right, is escorted to a parole hearing, in Natick, Mass. Carter, who was sentenced to 15 months in jail for urging her suicidal boyfriend via text messages to take his own life, is asking for early release. Inset, Conrad Roy.
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Sep. 20 2019, Updated 11:03 p.m. ET

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Parole Board denied Michelle Carter’s request for parole, citing her “irrational” actions surrounding her boyfriend’s suicide, but the prison will still release her two months early for good behavior, exclusively learned.

The Teen Text Killer appeared in leg, waist and wrist shackles at her parole hearing on September 19, 2019, where she asked for leniency in her 15-month sentence for the involuntary manslaughter conviction she received for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself.

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“Miss carter is serving her 1st commitment for involuntary manslaughter,” the Parole Board decision obtained by noted.

“The Board is troubled that Ms. Carter not only encouraged Mr. Conrad to take his own life, she actively prevented others from intervening in his suicide. Miss Carter’s self-serving statements and behavior, leading up to and after his suicide, appear to be irrational and lacked sincerity.”

Carter and Roy exchanged over 20,000 text messages leading up to his July 2014 death, including many where she encouraged him to commit suicide.

“Ms. Carter needs to further address her causative factors that led to the governing offense. Release does not meet the legal standard,” the decision noted.

Board Member 2 noted they concurred with the decision. “Given subject’s behavior in facilitating victim’s death, release not compatible with best interest of society. Did not provide sufficient insight into reason for lack of empathy at the time of crime and surrounding time period.”

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Carter, who was just 17 at the time of the crime, began serving her sentence at the Bristol County Jail and House of Correction in February 2019.

The notorious prison, which once housed the late NFL killer Aaron Hernandez, confirmed that Carter, now 23, has earned enough time for good behavior to be set free by the beginning of next year, or two months early.

“When she first arrived, her sentence had her release date of May 5, 2020,” Bristol County Sheriff Spokesman Jonathan Darling previously told “She has earned good time from working and attending programs, and now March 13, 2020, is when her sentence ends.”

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An inmate can earn five to 10 days off their sentence for every month they complete, Darling has said.

Darling also told that the parole department contacted the prison and inquired how Carter's stay behind bars has gone so far.

“They ask us what she’s been doing while she’s here and if there have been any disciplinary problems, which there haven’t,” Darling noted.

“She has attended programs. She has worked inside the jail,” Darling continued, explaining the "model inmate has caused "no trouble — no fights, no gangs, and she’s been polite to our staff."

Carter earned her good time off by attending classes and holding down a job behind bars.

“I know she was working in the kitchen at one point,” said Darling.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).



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