Amanda Knox says Michelle Carter was 'wrongfully convicted'

  • Amanda Knox says Michelle Carter was 'wrongfully convicted'

Amanda Knox says Michelle Carter was 'wrongfully convicted'

Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz gave Carter, now 20, a 30-month jail sentence but said she had to serve only 15 months of that. "It's not enough. She should be behind bars".

The defense argued that Carter, who was 17 years old at the time, was racked with depressive disorders, on anti-depressants and suffered from eating disorders, all of which swayed her judgment. At the time, Carter was living in Plainville, Mass.; Roy was found dead about 50 miles away in a parking lot in Fairhaven, Mass., in a truck whose cab was filled with carbon monoxide by a generator.

The family of a teenager whose girlfriend was convicted of encouraging him to commit suicide has filed a $4.2 million wrongful death suit against her.

"I was just sick to my stomach [over] the fact that she can be free, and my cousin, he's not here", Makenna O'Donnell said in an exclusive interview Friday on ABC News' Good Morning America.

"I just don't understand how someone can be free knowing she deliberately told him to get back in the vehicle and she gets to sleep in her own bed tonight". "She gets to sleep in her own bed tonight. She gets to wake up with her family", she said. "Where's Conrad? He's watching us from up above, he's not gonna be here anymore".

The judge ordered a stay on his sentence for Carter, meaning she won't have to go to prison until her case is appealed.

The prosecution lawyer called a sentence of between 7 and 12 years. She sent him messages reminding him of the pledge to kill himself.

"You don't have to call all those witnesses again", Medwed said. You just have to do it.

The case has drawn national attention with many asking if one person could kill another through words.

The judge said, when Carter got to know about that Roy is in trouble, she did not take any action in order to stop the mishappening.

"By holding her accountable for Roy's death, we increase the tally of victims in this case, we ignore the mental health factors that lead to suicide, and we learn nothing about how to prevent it", Knox wrote.

Roy's father, also named Conrad Roy, accused Carter of exploiting his son's battle with depression for her own self-aggrandizement.

"[Roy] was so amusing".

A psychiatrist told the judge and jury that Michelle Carter was not of sound mind when the event occurred, as she had been prescribed anti-depressants that made it hard for her to empathize with other people. "And the world no longer has that".

"I'm unsure when she made a decision to set her sick plan into motion or why", Bozzi said in a victim impact statement given to the Boston Herald.

Many suicides have multiple causes and are not triggered by one event, according to experts, who underline that suicidal crises can be overcome with help.