What will life behind bars be like for Michelle Carter?

TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE) — A judge Monday ordered Michelle Carter’s 15-month sentence to begin immediately, despite a petition by her lawyers.

In 2017 Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for sending texts to her then-boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, urging him to kill himself.

“We feel that justice has been served,” said Roy’s aunt Becky Mackey.

Roy was found dead in Fairhaven from carbon monoxide poisoning. 

“His life mattered. It mattered to us and I think it mattered to a lot of people. Conrad, we love you,” said Mackey.

After the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld Carter’s conviction, her lawyers now vow they’ll take this to the US Supreme Court.

“Make no mistake-this legal fight is not over,” said Joseph Cataldo, Michelle Carter’s attorney.

By then, she may have served much if not all of her sentence at the Bristol County House of Corrections in Dartmouth.

So what will life behind bars be like for the now 22-year-old Michelle Carter? We spoke to Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, who says she’ll spend some time in a medical unit before going into the general population.

“She’ll be told when to get up, when to eat, what to wear, when to get up, when to go to bed. She will on average be in her cell perhaps 10, 15 hours a day, and then the rest of the time be out doing programs or whatever,” said Hodgson.

She won’t have extra security per se, but that could change depending on how other inmates react to her.

“We’re cautious to pay attention to both the individual and other inmates, because when someone tends to get some notoriety, there are those who may try to make themselves more important than that particular person and do something to harm the person coming in,” said Hodgson.

We’re told prison officials will keep an extra close eye on Carter’s mental health, given the circumstances of this case. Her lawyer says she could be eligible for parole halfway through her sentence.

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