Judge Moniz said that he anticipated this motion and believes that the case is worthy of the appellate court wisdom.
Moniz said he weighed Carter's age at the time of the crime, when she was three weeks shy of her 18th birthday, in deciding her sentence. In June, Carter, who is now 20, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. She received 15 months. Carter, said Munoz, knew the action would result in his death, leading him to describe her behavior as wanton and reckless conduct.
"After his death, she became the player", Flynn said. As reported by AP, she also received five years of probation. "This was a terrible circumstance that she completely regrets". He argued for probation and no jail time.
"The goal is not punitive yet rehabilitative", said Joseph Cataldo, Carter's attorney, citing his client's struggle with mental illness and pleading for leniency.
Knox said that "by holding her accountable for Roy's death, we increase the tally of victims in this case".
Conrad Roy's sister, Camden Roy, gave a statement in court Thursday ahead of the sentencing, calling her brother the best friend and role model "any little sister could ask for". Throughout the investigation and trial, the case received global media attention due to the chilling nature of Carter and Roy's text message correspondence. During a live-streamed session, Moniz said that he didn't find that Carter's age or mental health issues "have any significant impact on her actions".More news: Happy to Work With Trump on 'Genuine Tax Reform — Van Hollen
"If this is the only way you think you're gonna be happy, heaven will welcome you with open arms", she wrote him.
Conrad Roy III had attempted suicide several times.
Ms. Carter will remain free while the appeals process is ongoing. Her unusual prosecution was closely watched, and it occurred in a state that has no law forbidding people from encouraging suicide.
The pair met in Florida in 2012 while they were both on holiday with their families. They struck up an off-and-on relationship that was conducted nearly entirely via texts and Facebook messages, included frank discussions of depression, eating disorders and both teens' emotional frailty. They don't seem to understand it was her plan. Roy's mother encouraged that outcome, and hopes it "will save lives some day".
"Conrad Roy III needed our sympathy and our help and didn't get it in time", she added.
Defense attorneys maintained that the text messages were protected speech under the First Amendment and that the boy had planned to commit suicide regardless of Carter's cajoling.
In some of the text messages, Carter makes it known that she is aware that he is troubled and is feeling very vulnerable, but she used that to her advantage by encouraging him to kill himself.