SJC Denies Michelle Carter’s Motion for Stay of Sentence
TAUNTON — The highest court in Massachusetts has denied a motion for a stay of sentence for the woman convicted of manslaughter in the texting suicide case.
Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III says the state’s Supreme Judicial Court has notified him that 22-year-old Michelle Carter’s request to remain free while her attorneys appeal her manslaughter conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court has been denied.
The DA broke the news in a tweet at 12:48 p.m. on Monday, just under two hours before a Taunton Trail Court judge was scheduled to rule on the motion. That hearing was scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Monday.
“We have just been notified that the SJC has denied Michelle Carter’s motion for a stay of sentence in her case,” DA Quinn tweeted.
The DA’s Office had filed a motion last week for the trial court in Taunton to revoke the stay of sentence and have the 15-month jail sentence imposed.
Carter was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter in the suicide death of Conrad Roy III and was sentenced to 15-months in prison. She has remained free as she appealed her conviction, which was upheld in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court last week.
Carter was convicted of encouraging Roy through text messages to follow through with his suicide in a truck filled with carbon monoxide in a Fairhaven parking lot in July of 2014.
Carter’s attorneys say they plan to appeal her conviction to the U.S Supreme Court.