But Judge Lawrence Moniz, who convicted Carter of involuntary manslaughter in June, said it was important to balance punishment and rehabilitation for her role in Roy's death in his pickup truck in a parking lot.
Regarding the sentencing, Medwed said his impression was that the judge was trying to make sure that Carter, then 17, served time near her home by assigning her to a county and not state facility.
Failed to act when Carter knew, or should have known, that there was a significant risk of death for Roy.
"I'm unsure when she chose to set her sick plan into motion or why, but when she did she did it relentlessly, it was calculated and it was planned down to a T", Bozzi wrote in the victim-impact statement. "Two-and-a-half years isn't enough", she insisted.
A 13-year-old sister, Camden Roy, testified that she's "haunted" by the realization that she'll never see her brother Wednesday or be an aunt to his children.
Bozzi told "20/20" when she read the text about Carter telling Roy to get back in the truck, "My heart broke because, unfortunately, he did".
The case was the first of its kind, and it was believed that Carter could face up to 20 years in prison - something which Conrad's cousin addressed on television.
Roy's mother said in an interview with "48 Hours" that the case will never end for her and her family. She gets to eat breakfast.
Attorney Eric Goldman, one of the lawyers representing Lynn Roy in the civil suit, told MassLive the goal is to establish a memorial for Conrad, not profit financially. He's watching us from above.
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Carter encouraged him over text messages and phone calls to take his life.
On July 12, 2014, a day before Roy was found dead, Carter wrote: "So I guess you aren't gonna do it then, all that for nothing".
While handing down the verdict, Moniz said Roy had followed Carter's instruction and placed himself in a "toxic environment" in his truck, where he used a gas-powered water pump to commit suicide.
Carter today was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.
"She admits in a subsequent text that she did nothing - she did not call the police or Mr. Roy's family", Moniz said in court.
Flynn said Carter "undertook a deliberate, well-thought-out campaign" to cause Roy's death in a "quest for attention" and sympathy from her friends. The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute.
The American Civil Liberties Union of MA issued a strong rebuke at the time, arguing the conviction violated free speech protections. "I'm just confused like you were so ready and determined". "I think she was responsible for his death".
Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families.
While it is no longer possible to help Roy, Knox argued, Carter is in need of the same sympathy.