“Ms. Carter has been a model inmate here at the Bristol County House of Corrections. She has participated in a variety of programs, held a job inside the jail, has been polite to our staff and volunteers, has gotten along with the other inmates, and we’ve had no discipline issues with her whatsoever,” Darling said.
“I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it! You can’t keep living this way,” she wrote in one exchange.
Carter was a ‘model inmate’
Carter was active in work and education programs in prison, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said, calling her a model inmate.
“When we say model inmate we talk about involvement in programs, no disciplinary issues, and she met that criteria for all of us,” he said.
Carter did have cellmates, although not initially, and she really liked gardening, Hodgson said. The staff who interacted with her reported that “she was very interested in getting into as many programs as she possibly could and she did,” he said.
Conrad Roy’s mother, Lynn Roy, reacted to Carter’s release in a statement provided by her fiancé, Roland St. Denis.
“I will continue to honor my son every day, keeping his spirit in my memory, and to find ways to help others who may be experiencing what I have experienced,” she said. “From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who has supported my family over the last 5 years. And now, it is time to turn the page to a new chapter in our lives.”
Carter was tried as a juvenile and found guilty in 2017. Her attorneys appealed the conviction and argued that her texts and words were a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.
The last week’s events have given the Roy family a sense of closure, said Rebecca Maki, Roy’s aunt and a spokeswoman for the family.
“With the Supreme Court last week declining to hear the appeal and Michelle being released this week it does bring a sense of closure knowing that we aren’t going to have to go through any other appeals,” the family said in a statement.
“We are disappointed Michelle is being released early and not fulfilling her complete prison sentence but we understand that is the normal process for someone with good behavior. With that said, we don’t consider her a ‘good girl.'”