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Earlier this summer, a 20-year-old woman in Massachusetts was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after a judge ruled that she had encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to take his own life.

Michelle Carter, whose boyfriend Conrad Roy III took his own life in 2014, waived her right to a jury which ultimately gave Judge Lawrence Moniz the right to rule as he saw fit given the evidence presented in the case.

And this week, Michelle was sentenced to two-and-a-half years probation meaning she will not have to go to prison immediately, and may never spend time behind bars if her state appeals are ruled successful.

Dismayed by the judge's ruling in the controversial case, Roy's cousin, Makenna O'Donnell, expressed her feelings on Good Morning America.

"I was just sick to my stomach [at] the fact that she can just be free and my cousin, he's not here. Two-and-a-half years isn't enough," she insisted. "It's not enough. She should be behind bars."

The judge heard that Carter has sent her boyfriend a barrage of text messages encouraging him to take his own life, even going as far as to order him back into the vehicle when he changed his mind about using it to inhale carbon monoxide fumes.

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 just don't understand how somebody can be free, knowing that she deliberately told [Roy] to get back in the car," Makenna said.

"She gets to sleep in her own bed tonight. She gets to wake up with her family, meanwhile, where's Conrad? Where's Conrad? He's watching us from up above, he's not gonna be here anymore."

Speaking to CBS, Roy's mother Lynn said she hopes her son's death leads to the creation of new laws.

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A judge in Massachusetts has ruled that a 20-year-old woman was guilty of encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide in 2014.

Michelle Carter waived her right to a jury which ultimately gave Judge Lawrence Moniz the right to rule as he saw fit given the evidence presented in the case.

It has been established that Carter regularly urged her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to act on his suicidal thoughts, going so far as to send multiple texts when the latter appeared reluctant to carry out the act.

Acting on Roy's behalf, prosecutors claimed that Carter was desperate for attention and asserted that Roy's death would provide her with the attention she craved.

Further to this, they accused Carter of being on the phone to Roy in the moments before his passing.

However, Carter's defence team insisted that their client had on many previous occasions talked her boyfriend out of taking his own life, and claimed that Carter suffered from her own mental health issues during this time.
 

Texts messages which were presented in court make for harrowing reading, as the accused urges the deceased to act on his intentions.

"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren’t," Carter wrote.

When Roy insisted that he intended to carry out the act, but wasn't ready, he was met with a barrage of criticism from his girlfriend.

"No, you're not, Conrad. Last night was it. You kept pushing it off and you say you'll do it, but you never do," Carter responded.

It's always gonna be that way if you don't take action. You're just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off. You just have to do it. Do you want to do it now?"

Commenting on their late son's girlfriend, Roy's mother said: "I don't believe she has a conscience. I think she needs to be held responsible for her actions 'cause she knew exactly what she was doing and what she said."

 Roy poisoned himself with carbon monoxide on July 13 2014.

The case is the first of its kind, but it's believed that Carter could face up to 20 years in prison.

Images credit: AP

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