FILE - In a Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 file photo, Michelle Carter awaits her sentencing in a courtroom in Taunton, Mass., for involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. Prosecutors are asking a judge to order Michelle Carter to begin serving her 15-month jail sentence for encouraging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself. Michelle Carter will appear in court Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 for a hearing to consider prosecutors’ request. (Matt West/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File)

Woman begins jail sentence for texting suicide conviction

February 11, 2019 - 2:10 pm

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A woman who sent her suicidal boyfriend text messages urging him to kill himself is headed to jail.

Michelle Carter was taken into custody Monday to begin serving her 15-month sentence now that the state's highest court has upheld her involuntary manslaughter conviction.

Carter was convicted in 2017 for her role in Conrad Roy III's 2014 death. The judge allowed her to remain free while she appealed in state court.

A lawyer for the 22-year-old argued she should remain out of jail while they appeal her case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Carter's lawyers contend she isn't responsible for Roy's suicide.

The judge who convicted Carter and the appeals court found she caused Roy's death when she instructed him to get back in his truck filling with toxic gas.

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