The New York Post reports that Carter faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the July 2014 suicide of Conrad Roy III, 18, who died in 2014 from carbon monoxide poisoning inside his pick-up truck.
"Instructing Mr Roy to get back into the truck constitutes wanton and reckless conduct by Miss Carter, creating a situation where there is a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result to Mr Roy", the judge said.
Michelle Carter, 20, broke down in tears as a MA judge convicted her Friday.
Carter was charged as a youthful offender, which means that even though she was a minor at the time of the alleged crime, she was charged as an adult.
"They know how sad you are and they know that you're doing this to be happy, and I think they will understand and accept it". Carter waived her right to a jury trial.
The court heard more than 20,000 text messages exchanges were made - with more than 1,000 of those messages sent in the days leading up to Roy's death.
Carter, now 20, will appear in court for sentencing in early August.
Ms. Carter said she would look like a "fool" if Mr. Roy did not kill himself. He also declared that what amounted to a constant and aggressive encouragement (for him to go ahead and take the suicide plunge) during these texts was what "caused the death of Mr. Roy".
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Court watchers believe the ruling will send shockwaves in cases concerning virtual communications.
Moniz said the state had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that she acted recklessly, but that she did not directly cause his death. "He takes himself out of that toxic environment that it has become". In order to arrive at an involuntary manslaughter charge, the prosecution essentially needed to prove that Carter's words killed Roy.
She thanked Moniz for his "thoughtful" approach to the trial, and Roy's family for their "strength, courage, patience and dignity". Roy had previously attempted suicide and Carter had taken psychiatric medications, according to trial testimony.
"She did not issue a simple additional instruction: Get out of the truck."
In another text to another friend, she said, "I was talking on the phone when he killed himself..."
"This has been a very tough time for our family", he told reporters.
At some point, Roy got scared and got out of the auto, after which Carter ordered him to get back in the truck.
"We fully understand that this was unique case that dealt with a lot of important issues in our society today, but in the end the case was about one young man and one young women who were brought together by tragic circumstances", Rayburn said.