Roy's aunt, Kim Bozzi, said Carter should be "kept far away from society" and that the judge should sentence her to 20 years to "take away the spotlight that she so desperately craved". Amanda Knox, who spent four years in an Italian prison before she was acquitted for the murder of her roommate, writes in a Los Angeles Times op-ed that she felt a "sickening sense of deja vu" watching the prosecutors in Carter's case try to make her out to be some sort of "femme fatale", much as Knox felt she'd been portrayed herself.
"I'm unsure when she made a decision to set her sick plan into motion or why, but when she did she did it relentlessly, it was calculated and it was planned down to a T", Bozzi wrote in the victim-impact statement.
"Two families had been torn apart and will be affected by this for years to come", she said.
"I just don't understand how someone can be free knowing she deliberately told him to get back in the vehicle and she gets to sleep in her own bed tonight".
The case was the first of its kind, and it was believed that Carter could face up to 20 years in prison - something which Conrad's cousin addressed on television. "I am heartbroken. Our family is heartbroken". She gets to eat breakfast. The defense, meanwhile, detailed Carter's own battles with depression, bulimia and anorexia, and argued that Roy had long had thoughts of suicide. Reportedly, the prosecutor told the court that, " Only her actions killed Conrad Roy and she tried to end to his life to improve her life".
On July 12, 2014, a day before Roy was found dead, Carter wrote: "So I guess you aren't gonna do it then, all that for nothing". "No normal human being who doesn't have problems would tell someone to get back in a truck where it is a toxic environment".
8 people found dead inside tractor-trailer, dozens taken to hospitals
Authorities would not say whether the trailer was locked when they arrived, but they said it had no working air conditioning. Mexican officials were working with United States authorities to identify the dead, the country's foreign ministry said.
"She admits in a subsequent text that she did nothing - she did not call the police or Mr. Roy's family", Moniz said in court.
Reportedly, Michelle Carter exchanged hundreds of text messages with Conrad Roy, continuously pleading him to follow his plan of ending his life and hide it from his parents. "It exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions".
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The American Civil Liberties Union of MA agreed that the case against Carter was not one of manslaughter and expressed anger that the sentencing further sets a risky example.
Martin Healy, chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Bar Association, said Carter sealed her own fate "through the use of her own words", according to The Boston Globe.