Amanda Knox pens opinion piece in support of Michelle Carter

Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014

"I do believe she needs help and I do believe that she needs to take responsibility for her actions".

Roy was 18 when he died in July 2014 after locking himself in his truck.

Carter, now 20, will serve 15 months of her sentence, with the rest suspended, and will then undergo a probationary period of five years. A psychiatrist testified Carter too was "very troubled" and at first tried to talk Roy out of it, but became convinced she needed to help Roy "get to heaven" only after he convinced her there was nothing she could do to stop him.

The family of a teenager whose girlfriend was convicted of encouraging him to commit suicide has filed a $4.2 million wrongful death suit.

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"I just don't understand how someone can be free, knowing that she deliberately told him to get back in the vehicle and she gets to sleep in her own bed tonight", Makenna O'Donnell, Roy's cousin, told ABC's David Muir during "Good Morning America".

"One interpretation of that is perhaps the judge was thinking that it would be good to keep her close to her support network", the law professor said. "She was there, sitting on the phone, talking to him while he was taking his last breath". "She has shown no remorse".

A teenage sister, Camden Roy, recalled her 13 years with her older brother and said she's "haunted" by the realization she'll never see him Wednesday or be an aunt to his children.

On Thursday, Carter was sentenced to 2.5 years for the crime, but the sentence brought little solace to Roy's grieving family. Knox spent four years in an Italian prison after she and her then-boyfriend were convicted in the murder of a fellow exchange student with whom she lived. "Take away the spotlight that she so desperately craves".

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Cataldo said he's confident Carter eventually will be vindicated. I don't believe so.

"I pray that his death will save lives one day", Roy's mother said in a statement read out by the prosecution, calling for changes in the law to guard against other families enduring the same torment. "There was light at the end of the tunnel but she snuffed it out". She said Carter's conviction was a relief and that "what happens next is up to God and a judge".

David Carter wrote in a letter obtained by the Herald, "I pray to God you will take into consideration that Michelle was a troubled, vulnerable teenager in an extremely hard situation and made a tragic mistake".

He said she was guilty of "wanton and reckless conduct". "Part of me wants you to try something and fail just so you can go get help".

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As a society, Knox wrote in her piece published Friday, "We naturally want to blame someone for the murder". A lot of people don't like to admit it when you have that, because you think it's a sign of weakness, so you don't like to share it.

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