Michelle Carter, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for sending her suicidal boyfriend text messages encouraging him to kill himself, could face up to 20 years in prison at her sentencing on Thursday.
Carter, 20, was charged in the 2014 death of her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III.
"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 in one text.
Days later, Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck in a store parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
Carter waived a jury trial, and Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz found her guilty on June 16. Moniz cited a text in which Carter told Roy to “get back in” after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide as a key factor in his decision.
Roy’s aunt, Kim Bozzi, said a statement that will be read at sentencing that Carter should be given the maximum amount of prison time, the Boston Herald reported.
“Twenty years may seem extreme but it is still twenty more than Conrad will ever have,” Bozzi said in her statement.
Michelle's father, David Carter, wrote a letter to the judge and said that his daughter made a "tragic mistake." He asked that she receive probation.
UPDATE 1:41 p.m. EST:
Carter will remain free on bail until her August 3rd sentencing. The judge ordered her not to have any contact with the Roy family, leave Massachusetts without permission, and apply for or obtain a passport, according to CNN.
ORIGINAL STORY: A judge reads the guilty verdict for Michelle Carter in court on Friday.
A juvenile court judge announced a guilty verdict in the trial of Massachusetts woman Michelle Carter who was charged with manslaughter for sending her suicidal boyfriend Conrad Roy III a barrage of text messages encouraging him to kill himself.
Judge Lawrence Moniz announced his decision Friday in Bristol Juvenile Court.
Footage shows Carter walking into court Friday.
Conrad Roy III Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck.
Prosecutors say the then-17-year-old Carter badgered Roy to act on his suicidal thoughts.
Carter's lawyer argues that Roy had a history of depression and suicide attempts and was determined to take his own life.
--The Associated Press contributed to this report.