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Woman in 'Suicide by Text' Case Goes Before Parole Board

Decision on Michelle Carter's case not expected Thursday
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2019 1:22 PM CDT
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Michelle Carter, third from left, arrives for a parole hearing on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 in Natick, Mass.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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(Newser) – Michelle Carter has served seven months of her 15-month jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of her boyfriend, and on Thursday she appeared before the state parole board seeking early release. No decision was expected Thursday, the Boston Globe reports, and the AP notes it's not clear when one will be issued. Carter, now 22, was convicted of the crime because of text messages and a phone call she made to Conrad Roy III when she was 17—just a month after she was released from a psychiatric hospital. Roy was suicidal, and Carter urged him to climb back inside his carbon-monoxide-filled truck when he had last-minute doubts about his decision. Her lawyers have appealed to the Supreme Court, but the court has yet to decide whether it will take up the case. (Read more Michelle Carter stories.)

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