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Michelle Carter Hit With $4.2 Million Wrongful Death Suit From Ex-Boyfriend’s Mom

Posted by on Aug. 4, 2017 at 7:11 PM
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Michelle Carter Hit With $4.2 Million Wrongful Death Suit From Ex-Boyfriend’s Mom

Carter was ordered Thursday to serve 15 months behind bars for pushing Conrad Roy to kill himself in 2014.

Lynn Roy filed the suit as personal representative of her son’s estate on July 6 at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Massachusetts. In the complaint, Roy argued that the July 2014 death of her son, Conrad, led to $4,224,000 in “reasonably anticipated lost wages.” The suit points to a boat captain’s license that Conrad obtained shortly before he died.

Eric Goldman, Roy’s attorney, told MassLive.com that the grieving mother hopes to use the money to set up a memorial fund to honor Conrad.

“The family would obviously rather have their son back,” Goldman said. “What the Roys are looking to do is somehow memorialize Conrad.”

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Conrad Roy’s mother, Lynn Roy, is escorted from the courthouse in June after Michelle Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

In June, Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Conrad, who was 18 years old when he killed himself in his truck in a parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

Carter, then 17, exchanged a series of phone calls and text messages with him shortly before he took his life. She urged him to follow through with his plan despite his apparent hesitation.

“You can’t think about it,” Carter wrote in one text. “You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.”


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Michelle Carter arrives at the courthouse in June to hear the verdict in her trial.

Carter, now 20, was sentenced Thursday to 2.5 years in prison, although Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz said she would have to serve only 15 months behind bars, with the rest of her sentence suspended until 2022.

Moniz also sentenced Carter to five years of probation and then stayed the execution of her sentence so that she remains free until her defense team has exhausted her appeals in the state courts.

Conrad’s family has expressed outrage over the light sentence and argued that she hasn’t shown any remorse for her actions. Prosecutor Maryclare Flynn, who had sought a sentence of seven to 12 years behind bars, called probation “just not reasonable punishment.”

“All she had to do was say, ‘Get out of the car,’ ‘Get out of the truck,’ and none of us would be here right now,” Flynn said.

But Carter’s attorney, Joseph Cataldo, said that his client “completely regrets” the “horrible circumstance” of Conrad’s suicide and that she had been suffering from mental health issues at the time.

“Miss Carter will have to live with the consequences of this for the rest of her life,” Cataldo said.

Read Lynn Roy’s full complaint against Michelle Carter below:

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HELLO to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.


Her sentence was 2 and a half yrs but will only serve like 15 months.


by on Aug. 4, 2017 at 7:11 PM
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QueenMama7808
by on Aug. 4, 2017 at 7:18 PM

This is asinine. She's his mother, not his wife, she wouldn't have had any reason to expect to benefit from any wages her son might have earned. Plus I don't know if she is aware but most 18 year olds don't have several million dollars just kicking around.

susannah2000
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2017 at 7:24 PM

This is ridiculous. It was her son's choice to kill himself. Why didn't THEY get him help if he was so depressed? He didn't have to listen to that girl. People will grab every opportunity to try to get money out of someone's death.

anxiousschk
by anxiouss on Aug. 4, 2017 at 7:27 PM
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Whhhyyyyyy is everything a money grab opportunity?? 

It was a miracle the girl was found guilty considering the current laws.  (Though I did feel she should be found guilty.)  

A suit for millions? No. 

ILive4This
by Robin on Aug. 4, 2017 at 7:32 PM

His mom wouldn't have been getting those wages, wth? Is that girl rich? I really haven't read too much about this case b/c it's just depressing and weird.

Lunarprancer
by Silver Member on Aug. 4, 2017 at 7:33 PM

Good.

LGAll65215
by on Aug. 4, 2017 at 7:36 PM
Good.
That evil girl should be punished in many ways .
EireLass
by Ruby Member on Aug. 4, 2017 at 9:33 PM

He did do time in as a patient in a psych hospital. He was also on meds for depression and anxiety. He attempted suicide before while on the phone with another girl. Seems to be a thing, huh?

Quoting susannah2000:

This is ridiculous. It was her son's choice to kill himself. Why didn't THEY get him help if he was so depressed? He didn't have to listen to that girl. People will grab every opportunity to try to get money out of someone's death.


EireLass
by Ruby Member on Aug. 4, 2017 at 9:35 PM
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Her family is well off (going by where they live), but she was only 18 and a recent high school grad. How rich could she be? Not at all. And that she was 18 when this happened, so you can't even go for the parents money, as she was considered an adult. 

Quoting ILive4This:

His mom wouldn't have been getting those wages, wth? Is that girl rich? I really haven't read too much about this case b/c it's just depressing and weird.


SeanandNoahsmom
by Dawn on Aug. 4, 2017 at 9:49 PM
If memory serves, she was 17 and tried as a juvenile. So I am guessing the mom is going after her parents. Still, why would the mom expect to benefit from her son wages, is my question, unless he was unable to live independently.

Quoting EireLass:

Her family is well off (going by where they live), but she was only 18 and a recent high school grad. How rich could she be? Not at all. And that she was 18 when this happened, so you can't even go for the parents money, as she was considered an adult. 

Quoting ILive4This:

His mom wouldn't have been getting those wages, wth? Is that girl rich? I really haven't read too much about this case b/c it's just depressing and weird.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Aug. 4, 2017 at 10:06 PM

????- what a waste of time. The girl is headed to prison, is 18 and I doubt has much of anything.

Her life is ruined. He is deceased. There are no winners here.

His mom needs to get intensive counseling.

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