Victim’s mother after texting suicide case: ‘My pain will always be the same’

The mother of Conrad Roy, a Massachusetts teenager who died of carbon monoxide poisoning after locking himself in his truck following encouragement from his then-girlfriend, Michelle Carter, says, “My pain will always be the same.”

“I wake up each and every day with pain and heartache living without Conrad,” Roy’s mother, Lynn Roy, said in an exclusive statement to ABC News’ “20/20.” “The same pain I felt the day Conrad died. Regardless of what happens to or where Michelle Carter is, my pain will always be the same.”

Conrad Roy was 18 when he died in July 2014 after locking himself in his truck. On Thursday, Carter was sentenced to 2.5 years after she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Roy’s death earlier this year.

“He was the most selfless giving person I have ever met,” Lynn Roy said in the statement. “He was humble and always strived to help others.”

She said she hopes a new law called “Conrad’s Law” can allow “his legacy to live on.”

She did not elaborate on what she hopes the law would be, but said in the statement, “I want to counter all of the negativity Michelle has brought to this world with some of Conrad’s positivity.”

When Carter, who was 17 years old and Conrad Roy’s girlfriend at the time of his death, went on trial this summer, the prosecution argued that she was reckless and caused his death by telling him to get back in the gas-filled car even though prosecutors said he didn’t want to die.

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Michelle Carter awaits her sentencing at Taunton trial court in Taunton, Mass., Aug. 3, 2017, for involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in 2014.

“I could’ve stopped him,” Carter texted a classmate two months after Conrad Roy’s death, according to testimony. Carter texted that she and Conrad Roy were on the phone at the time of his suicide when he “got out of the car … he was scared.” Carter texted that she “told him to get back in.”

Prosecutor Katie Rayburn told “20/20,” “What we know from the text messages is that she was trying to manipulate him and she wanted him to die. … This was calculated. ”

Prosecutor Maryclare Flynn told “20/20” that Carter “used him as a pawn in her sick game.”

“These friends that she had thought that she had and developed over the school year were now going off and doing their own thing, getting ready for college, working, and she was losing that attention, and so she needed something,” Flynn said.

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