On Thursday, Michelle Carter was sentenced to 15 months in jail after she encouraged her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to commit suicide over text. Carter was well aware of Roy’s history with suicidal thoughts at the time.
Makenna O’Donnell, Roy’s cousin, spoke with ABC’s “Good Morning America” to voice her frustrations regarding the sentence.
“I was just sick to my stomach,” she said. “Two-and-a-half years isn’t enough.”
O’Donnell said that it was unfair that Carter would be able to “sleep in her bed” after the sentencing while Roy was no longer with his family. She also said she thinks Carter “needs help.”
“I do believe she needs help and I do believe that she needs to take responsibility for her actions,” O’Donnell said. “She hasn’t shown anything, nothing. It’s just blank. I have no words.”
During Carter’s sentencing, Roy’s sister and father also expressed sadness for the impact of Carter’s actions.