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Michelle Carter

PLAINVILLE — A day after starting her jail sentence for convincing her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself, Michelle Carter remained in a medical unit at the Dartmouth House of Corrections, where officials say she is being closely monitored.

“It’s common for first-time offenders,” Jonathan Darling, a spokesman for Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, said Tuesday.

Carter, 22, is being kept alone in a cell and is being closely monitored by jail officials, Darling said. She will eventually be placed in the general population as she gets acclimated to the environment, Darling said.

Taunton Juvenile Judge Lawrence Moniz, who convicted Carter of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 after a jury-waived trial, sent her to jail on Monday. In doing so, he rejected her lawyer’s plea for her to remain free pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Carter was ordered to serve 15 months of a 2 1/2-year term. The balance was suspended with probation.

Her lawyer, Joseph Cataldo of Franklin, said she will be eligible for parole in about seven or eight months.

The case garnered international attention and went all the way to the state Supreme Judicial Court twice. Last week, the high court upheld her conviction in a unanimous decision criticized by free speech advocates.

In July 2014, Carter, then 17, coerced her boyfriend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III of Mattapoisett, to kill himself in his truck with carbon monoxide from a water pump after a series of text messages and phone calls.

Moniz found she ordered Roy, during one of the phone calls, to get back inside the truck after he got out in an attempt to abandon his suicide plan.

David Linton may be reached at 508-236-0338.

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