A Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself was released from jail Thursday, after just under a year behind bars.
Michelle Carter walked out of Bristol County Jail flanked by jail officials, one of whom was holding two clear garbage bags containing her belongings. Carter was dressed in a black turtleneck, light-colored blazer and black pants. She was picked up by her parents and her lawyer, who had no comment.
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Thursday that Carter had been a "model inmate" with no disciplinary issues who liked "keeping busy" during her time in jail. He said Carter enjoyed gardening.
"She has completed her sentence and completed her obligation," the sheriff said.
Carter cannot profit from her story, according to the conditions of her release.
Carter's attorneys had argued her texts were constitutionally protected free speech.
In a statement, Roy's family said that "news of the Supreme Court denying to hear her case far outshadowed the news of her early release. Her time in jail, no matter how long or short, will not change the outcome of a guilty verdict which is thankfully being upheld."
"July 12, 2014, our lives were forever changed, and the world lost a beautiful soul. Michelle Carter is the reason for that," the statement said. "She was the only person who could have saved him. She didn’t, in fact she was on the line with him as he was dying, moaning in pain, gasping for last breaths. Who could do that?"
"She did, and we’ll never really know why," the family said.
Last year, state lawmakers proposed a new law called "Conrad's Law," which would make it a crime, punishable by up to five years, for anyone who "intentionally coerces or encourages" a suicide or suicide attempt.
Roy's family said they are urging state lawmakers to pass the law and are working with the White House to "help bring his law to a Federal level."