Michelle Carter, Who Texted Her Boyfriend To Kill Himself, Is Found Guilty

"She is mindful that the process in the truck will take approximately 15 minutes."

WATCH: Carter sobbed as the verdict was handed down. She could face up to 20 years in prison for the crime. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for August 3.

Michelle, now 20, was 17 when she sent Conrad series of text messages, urging him to take his own life.

Prosecutors say the then-17-year-old Carter relentlessly badgered Roy through texts to act on his suicidal thoughts. "Every time he came up with an excuse not to do it, she kicked his feet out right from under him and told him why it didn't matter, why he still needed to die". Carter wrote in one message. "Get back in", Carter told Roy, according to a friend who testified Carter described the conversation in a text message to her about a month after Roy died.

Carter went from offering "words of kindness and love" to aggressively encouraging Roy via text message to carry out longtime threats to commit suicide, Bristol Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn told the court.

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"I see a potential slippery slope here", Gutterman said, noting that the verdict in the Carter trial could potentially open the door to "misuse or over-application of legal standards". A MA judge ruled that she was guilty of involuntary manslaughter after she texted her boyfriend instructions on how to kill himself.

The lawyer said that she only started supporting his suicide after being "involuntarily intoxicated" by antidepressants.

In a phone interview Friday, Gutterman said if someone were to send "a whole bunch of insensitive or aggressive texts ... and some harm occurs, [that person] still might be responsible", even if the author of the texts didn't physically cause the harm. She can not leave the state of MA and can not use Facebook or Snapchat and is prohibited from texting. Carter admitted in other text messages that she had not contacted anyone to notify them of Roy's actions, but she did send him an apology after he was already dead.

"You can't think about it". You need to do it like you did last time and not think about it and just do it babe. "You said you were gonna do it".

Following Roy III's death, Carter set up a fundraiser for mental health awareness in her late boyfriend's name and also wrote about suicide prevention on her Facebook timeline, according to the Sun Chronicle.

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Michelle Carter was miles away when she led Conrad Roy III back into his pickup truck behind a Kmart in Fairhaven.

New York Times reports that Michelle and Conrad had built a virtual relationship largely on texting from 2012 to 2014, and she encouraged him to seek treatment for his depression.

Moniz's decision surprised some legal experts, who expected an acquittal, and drew criticism from free speech advocates, who said it violates the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech.

"This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions", Matthew Segal, legal director at the ACLU of MA, said in a statement.

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