Amanda Knox weighs in on Michelle Carter's sentencing

Amanda Knox is the American woman who spent just under four years in an Italian prison after being convicted for the 2007 murder of a fellow exchange student who shared her apartment. 

Michelle Carter is a Massachusetts teen who was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of her ex-boyfriend, Conrad Roy III. 

On Thursday Carter was sentenced to 15 months in prison with probation after. The LA Times published an Op-Ed written by Knox on the subject of Carter's verdict and sentencing. Knox thinks, "Michelle Carter deserves sympathy and help, not prison." 

Knox explains how it is obviously hard to feel sympathy for Carter after she encouraged her boyfriend to continue his suicide plans but that it does not qualify as involuntary manslaughter. 

Knox qualifies involuntary manslaughter as "...when a drunk driver crashes into another vehicle, when a gunman shoots at tin cans in his suburban backyard, when a carnival ride operator fails to ensure that all passengers are strapped in, and as a result an innocent person dies. Encouraging your boyfriend to follow through with his own death wish should not qualify. Carter may not be innocent in a moral or philosophical sense, but she was wrongfully convicted." 

Instead, Knox urges her readers to focus on the mental health aspect of the case and how two young individuals with mental health issues were relying on each other for support. 

Read The Full LA Times Op-Ed Here 

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