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Michelle Carter, convicted in teen texting suicide case, walks out of prison

Michelle Carter, the woman convicted of goading her boyfriend to suicide, was released early from a Massachusetts prison on Thursday (January 23), after she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say she pressed her boyfriend over phone calls and text messages to kill himself in 2014, and a jury found her guilty that year.

She was 17 years old at the time.

She began serving 15-month sentence in February 2019 at the Bristol County House of Corrections in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Lawyers for Carter appealed the conviction to the Supreme Court, arguing that condemning her for her words violated her First Amendment rights.

The justices rejected her appeal earlier this month.

Bristol County officials said Carter had accrued enough credits for good behavior while incarcerated to qualify for early release after she was denied parole last September. 

(Production: Temis Tormo)

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