What’s the likelihood Michelle Carter will ever see the inside of a jail cell?

By: Chloe Leshner



As we now know, Michelle Carter won’t serve a day of her 15 month sentence until her appeal is heard. ABC 6 legal analyst Ken Schreiber believes Carter will never see the inside of a jail cell.

Michelle Carter, ordered to 15 months in jail. That sentence, light, based on the prosecution looking for somewhere between 7 and 12 years.

"Even the judge in his sentence, I think, had some reservations because she only got 15 months, 15 months on involuntary manslaughter charged with the most egregious circumstances," says Schreiber.

Schreiber also thinks the sentence shows the judge knows he won’t be making the final decision on Carter’s fate because there will most definitely be an appeal. Until that happens, Carter can walk free.

"My feeling is that this case will be overturned on an appeal and this woman will never see the inside of the jail cell," says Schreiber.

When Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in June, that ruling was unprecedented because there is no law in Massachusetts to support her crime.

"I expect that this case will be overturned more intuition than anything because there’s no specific case that you can refer to," says Schreiber.

The appeals process in Massachusetts can take anywhere from 1 to 2 years. Judge Moniz also ruled that Carter can not profit off of the case until her probation ends.

WLNE/ABC 6 2017