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  • 3 things to know about Michelle Carter’s sentencing in the suicide-by-text case - 08/02/2017

    Daniel Medwed, a law professor at Northeastern University, said he would be surprised if Carter receives the maximum sentence of 20 years. But he expects Moniz will reach some kind of a compromise or middle ground that would include some prison time.

    “I imagine that she’ll get prison time,” he said, adding that a five year prison sentence would be his guess.

    “Sentencing is generally a balancing of aggravating and mitigating factors,” he said. “Here the aggravating factors concern her high level of blameworthiness–her truly despicable conduct–and the need for deterrence, the desire to construct a sentence that sends a message to the community that this behavior will not be tolerated.”

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