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The aunt of the Massachusetts teen who killed himself three years ago after being coached by his girlfriend is speaking out, after the 20-year-old woman was sentenced to prison.

Michelle Carter was found guilty in June of involuntary manslaughter in the July 2014 death of her boyfriend Conrad Roy III. 

Roy, who was 18 years old at the time, killed himself by filling his truck with carbon monoxide. In the course of Carter’s trial, it was revealed that Roy got out of the car at one point, but Carter, who was 17 at the time, texted him to get back in. 

On Thursday, Carter was sentenced to 2.5 years for the crime, but the sentence brought little solace to Roy’s grieving family. 

Roy’s aunt, Kim Bozzi, spoke to ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday about losing her nephew and Carter, who she had hoped would have received the maximum prison of 20 years for the crime. 

‘She has to live as one of the most hated people in the country,’ Bozzi said of Carter. 

Roy's aunt, Kim Bozzi (above), spoke on Friday about losing her nephew and Carter, who she had hoped would have received the maximum prison of 20 years for the crime

Roy's aunt, Kim Bozzi (above), spoke on Friday about losing her nephew and Carter, who she had hoped would have received the maximum prison of 20 years for the crime

Roy’s aunt, Kim Bozzi (above), spoke on Friday about losing her nephew and Carter, who she had hoped would have received the maximum prison of 20 years for the crime

Bozzie said of Carter (left on Thursday): ‘She has to live as one of the most hated people in the country. I don’t think she helped to kill himself, I think she forced him to kill himself’

Of her nephew's tragic death, Bozzi said: 'There was no way to wrap your mind around it. He was a kid, he was just a kid.'

Of her nephew's tragic death, Bozzi said: 'There was no way to wrap your mind around it. He was a kid, he was just a kid.'

Of her nephew’s tragic death, Bozzi said: ‘There was no way to wrap your mind around it. He was a kid, he was just a kid.’

‘I don’t think she helped to kill himself, I think she forced him to kill himself.

‘I think if it wasn’t for her, he’d still be here.’

Of her nephew’s tragic death, Bozzi said: ‘There was no way to wrap your mind around it. He was a kid, he was just a kid.’ 

She also discussed how immediately following his death Carter repeatedly contacted the family. 

‘She wanted to go through his room and take some of his belongings,’ Bozzi said of the 20-year-old woman. 

Bozzi also said that Carter had even asked their family for some of Roy’s ashes.

‘That’s when things started to get weird,’ Bozzi said. 

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo (above on Friday), also said that if he had to do it again, he would have considered a jury instead of having the judge solely decide his client's fate.

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo (above on Friday), also said that if he had to do it again, he would have considered a jury instead of having the judge solely decide his client's fate.

Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo (above on Friday), also said that if he had to do it again, he would have considered a jury instead of having the judge solely decide his client’s fate.

He claimed that Carter is sorry for the entire situation and regrets it. They are pictured above on Thursday in court during her sentencing

He claimed that Carter is sorry for the entire situation and regrets it. They are pictured above on Thursday in court during her sentencing

He claimed that Carter is sorry for the entire situation and regrets it. They are pictured above on Thursday in court during her sentencing

Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, also spoke to ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday and said that if he had to do it again, he would have considered a jury instead of having the judge solely decide his client’s fate.

He claimed that Carter is sorry for the entire situation and regrets it. 

Earlier on Friday, Roy’s cousin, Makenna O’Donnell, spoke out to Good Morning America, saying she disagreed with the judge’s decision to let Carter remain free on probation until her appeal.

‘It’s not enough. She should be in jail. It’s just, I don’t understand how someone can be free knowing that she deliberately told him to get back in the car.

‘And she gets to sleep in her own bed tonight, she gets to eat breakfast, she gets to wake up with her family. Meanwhile, where’s Conrad? Where’s Conrad? He’s watching us from above. He’s not going to be here anymore,’ O’Donnell said. 

Text messages show Carter urged Roy (pictured) to get back in his car that he was filling with carbon monoxide to kill himself 

Text messages show Carter urged Roy (pictured) to get back in his car that he was filling with carbon monoxide to kill himself 

Text messages show Carter urged Roy (pictured) to get back in his car that he was filling with carbon monoxide to kill himself 

While O’Donnell thinks 2.5 years isn’t enough to fit Carter’s crime, she does hope that Carter gets help for her own issues. 

‘No normal human being who doesn’t have problems would tell someone to get back in a truck that is a toxic environment. 

‘I do believe she needs help and I do believe that she needs to take responsibility for her actions. She hasn’t shown anything – nothing, it’s just blank,’ O’Donnell said.

Roy’s father, Conrad Roy Jr., said his son’s death inflicted the ‘worst emotional pain’ he has ever experienced.  

‘I am heartbroken,’ he said.

In dozens of text messages, Carter had urged Roy to follow through on his talk of taking his own life.

‘The time is right and you are ready … just do it babe,’ Carter wrote in a text the day he killed himself.

The sensational trial was closely watched on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of Carter’s text messages.

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

Conrad Roy III's cousin Makenna O'Donnell (pictured) spoke out on Friday  morning, saying she disagrees with a  judge's decision to let Michelle Carter remain free until her appeal

Conrad Roy III's cousin Makenna O'Donnell (pictured) spoke out on Friday  morning, saying she disagrees with a  judge's decision to let Michelle Carter remain free until her appeal

Conrad Roy III’s cousin Makenna O’Donnell (pictured) spoke out on Friday  morning, saying she disagrees with a judge’s decision to let Michelle Carter remain free until her appeal

Cataldo argued Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help but eventually went along with his plan. He also argued Carter’s words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.

In convicting Carter, the judge focused his ruling on Carter telling Roy to ‘get back in’ after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide and told her he was afraid. The judge said those words constituted ‘wanton and reckless conduct’ under the manslaughter statute. 

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. After that, they only met in person a handful of times. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting.

Cataldo said he’s confident Carter eventually will be vindicated. He said his appeal will be based on several grounds, including his argument Carter’s text messages and conversations with Roy amounted to free speech protected by the Constitution. He said he will also argue Carter didn’t break any laws because Massachusetts doesn’t have a law against assisting or encouraging suicide. 

• For confidential help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or click here

 • For confidential support on suicide matters in the UK, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or click here

 

 

 

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