In a unanimous ruling, the court stated Carter acted with criminal intent when she "badgered" Conrad Roy III with text messages that convinced him to "get back in" to a truck filling with poisonous fumes to follow through on a plan to kill himself.
In her texts, she wrote: "You're finally going to be happy in heaven".
She was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for two-and-a-half years in 2017 - and ordered to serve at least 15 months of it. "The time is right and you're ready-just do it babe", Carter wrote in one message. "I mean, you're about to die", Carter wrote in another. "Nothing in MA law made clear to 17-year-old Carter, or anyone else, that such circumstances could constitute involuntary manslaughter". "Ms. Carter has now been convicted of manslaughter, based on the prosecution's theory that, as a 17-year-old girl, she literally killed Mr. Roy with her words", it said in a 2017 statement. They said they continue to believe she is not responsible for the July 2014 death of Conrad Roy III.
Carter had been sentenced to 15 months in jail after her conviction but remained free during her appeal.
He filled his parked truck with carbon monoxide from a generator he had hooked up to it.
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Carter and Roy lived in MA but met in Florida in 2012 while both on vacation with their families.
"We can all see from the text messages that Michelle Carter did not force Conrad Roy to kill himself", Attorney Daniel Marx told the court in October.
"The only verbal conduct punished as involuntary manslaughter has been the wanton or reckless pressuring of a vulnerable person to commit suicide, overpowering that person's will to live and resulting in that person's death", Kafker wrote in the ruling. Both teens struggled with depression.
Carter's defense had also drawn support from the American Civil Liberties Union of MA, which argued that her actions were First Amendment-protected free speech. Carter had also been treated for anorexia, and Roy had made earlier suicide attempts.
In September 2014, Carter texted a friend, writing, "H$3 is death is my fault like honestly I could have stopped him I was on the phone with him and he got out of the vehicle because it was working and he got scared and I [expletive] told him to get back in".
In upholding the conviction Wednesday, the court decided that Carter's claim that her conduct was protected by the First Amendment, among other defenses, "lack merit".