Michelle Carter. (Bristol County Sheriff's Department)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The young woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter for texting her boyfriend to take his own life is being released early from prison, the Bristol County Sheriff's Office confirmed to WBZ NewsRadio.
Michelle Carter will be released on January 23, four months shy of her original 15-month sentence.
In 2014, Carter sent text messages to her then-boyfriend, Conrad Roy, urging him to get back into his truck, which was filling with carbon monoxide. Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in a Fairhaven parking lot.
Carter had been denied early release back in September, with one Massachusetts Parole Board member writing, "Ms. Carter needs to further address her causative factors that led to the governing offense."
But Monday, Bristol County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Jonathan Darling told Boston 25 News, “There have been no problems and she has been attending programs, which is common at state facilities like the Bristol County House of Correction."
Inmates at Bristol County House of Correction can earn time off their sentence with good behavior.
Earlier Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up her appeal—so, though she may be out early, her 2017 conviction in Bristol County Juvenile Court still stands.
Michelle Carter Texting Suicide Case Will Not Go To Supreme Court
The SCOTUS appeal came after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld her conviction in February 2019, shortly before Carter began serving her sentence.