The lawyer for Michelle Carter says his client is “very disappointed” in a Massachusetts judge’s verdict last Friday convicting her of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 suicide of her boyfriend.
“The case presented some very novel legal issues, and we’re very disappointed in the outcome of the verdict,” attorney Joseph Cataldo tells PEOPLE.
Cataldo adds that he and Carter, 20, “will be weighing our various options moving forward” and are focused on Carter’s sentencing on Aug. 3.
He said he is not sure whether Carter will appeal her conviction.
Carter faces up to 20 years in prison. Addressing her potential sentencing, Cataldo says, “There’s a whole host of different options ranging from jail to probation.”
Carter was accused of urging the suicide of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, over texts and phone calls. On July 13, 2014, authorities found Roy’s body in his pickup truck in a parking lot where, the night before, he had attached a water hose to his exhaust pipe to fill the cab with the carbon monoxide that killed him.
Prior to and then during the trial, Cataldo tried unsuccessfully to dismiss Carter’s charge, arguing her texts are constitutionally protected speech.
The texts, he said, “did not contain anything remotely …read more