Michelle Carter Sentencing

Michelle Carter with her lawyer.

PLAINVILLE — Prosecutors filed paperwork Thursday asking a court to order Michelle Carter to begin serving her prison sentencing for badgering her boyfriend to commit suicide.

The request came a day after the state Supreme Judicial Court upheld her involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III of Mattapoisett.

Carter’s attorney, Joseph Cataldo, meanwhile, said he plans to file a direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court concerning First Amendment issues raised in the case.

A hearing is scheduled Monday in Taunton Juvenile Court on the prosecution’s motion to revoke the stay of Carter’s prison sentence.

Cataldo said he will be opposing the motion and will ask the court to allow Carter to remain free while he pursues the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Carter, 22, was convicted in June 2017 and was sentenced to serve 15 months of a 2 ½-year jail term but was free on bail pending her appeal.

She was given notice to appear for the hearing Monday.

Carter was 17 when she sent a series of shocking texts and phone calls to convince Roy to kill himself. Roy had made previous suicide attempts that Carter knew about.

Roy killed himself by breathing in toxic carbon monoxide gas from a gas-powered water pump he had in his pickup truck.

Prosecutors presented evidence that when Roy had second thoughts and got out of the truck, Carter, in a phone call from her home in Plainville, badgered him to get back inside.

Lawyers for Carter argued that her texts and phone calls were protected free speech under the First Amendment.

On Friday night, NBC’s Dateline news program will air exclusive interviews with lead detectives in the case as well as with Cataldo, prosecutors and Roy’s family members. The program airs at 10 p.m.

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

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