Michelle Carter may have been denied an appeal, but she will be leaving jail soon. The 23-year-old will be released from prison next week after serving a 15-month sentence for her role in the suicide of her then-boyfriend, Conrad Roy.
Carter began serving her sentence in February 2019 and will be released early, on January 23—after serving less than a year—for good behavior.
In August 2017, Carter was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Only 15 months of that sentence were required to be served in prison, ABC reported at the time of Carter’s sentencing. The rest of Carter’s prison time will be suspended. Carter will also serve five years of probation.
Carter’s case was controversial because she sent text messages encouraging Roy to kill himself in 2014. She was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The case brought up questions in freedom of speech, as well as the role of technology in crime.
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