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A former Boston College student who sent her boyfriend tens of thousands of frantic text messages, some telling him to “go kill yourself,” before jumping to her death, was given a suspended sentence and probation after pleading guilty Thursday to manslaughter.

At the Boston hearing, Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Robert Ullmann advised former student Inyoung You, 23, to live her life in a way that honors the memory of her boyfriend , Alexander Urtula, reported the Boston Globe.

The judge said he hoped Ms You’s actions “would convey to teens and young adults on social media that this type of post – humiliating someone when they feel bad, even suggesting suicide, can have. devastating consequences ”.

Ms. You was sentenced to two and a half years in prison with a suspended sentence and 10 years of probation. The conditional sentence means she can avoid going behind bars if she meets the terms of her probation, which include 300 hours of community service, continuing mental health treatment, and refraining from any profit related to the case. , said his lawyer.

Steven Kim, Ms You’s attorney, said the accused dropped a pending appeal and accepted “his unwitting role in the tragic death” of Mr Urtula.

In 2019, Mr Urtula, then a 22-year-old student at Boston College, jumped out of the Renaissance parking lot in Roxbury when he died, about an hour before he graduated.

During the couple’s 18-month relationship, Ms You “engaged in deeply disturbing and at times relentless verbal, physical and psychological behavior towards Mr Urtula,” Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said in a press release Thursday. The abuse increased in frequency and severity in the days leading up to her death, she added.

In their latest texts, Ms You lambasted Mr Urtula for deactivating his position on his phone, which she usually followed, before apologizing and urging him to stop his suicide attempt.

The plea deal was made after consulting with Mr Urtula’s family, Ms Rollins said, adding that “they thought it was something Alexander wanted.”

In a statement read to the court, The Globe reported, Mr. Urtula’s family said: “We do not tolerate any feelings of anger or retaliation. We believe that time will guide us as we cry and celebrate his life. “

Mr Kim said the deal “marks the end of a two-year hell that turned Ms You’s life upside down” and that his client hopes all parties “can come out of this tragedy and have the potential for a peaceful and bright future. “

Ms You’s immediate goals are to complete her education and find a job, he said, noting that she had withdrawn from Boston College and had been living in “voluntary house arrest” since the start of the year. business two years ago.

Ms You’s case echoes that of Michelle Carter, who in 2017 was convicted of manslaughter in Massachusetts after urging her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to kill himself in 2014. Ms Carter served 15 months sentence of two and a half years and is now on probation.

A bill defining forced suicide as a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, titled Conrad’s Law according to Roy, has stalled since its introduction into the state legislature from Massachusetts over two years ago.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/ressources for a list of additional resources. Go here for resources outside of the United States.

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