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Ex-student pleads guilty in boyfriend’s suicide

Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Supreme Court Justice Robert Ullman has given you a suspended prison sentence of two and a half years and 10 years of probation. You will not be placed in custody, but if you violate the probation period, a judge can impose a prison sentence in a correctional home.

You will be supervised for the first five years of this probationary period, during which time you will be required to comply with a number of conditions, including that you complete community service and continue to undergo mental health treatment by a licensed provider.

He is expressly prohibited from financially benefiting from the facts on which the case is based at any time during the 10-year probationary period.

I tracked down Ortola on May 20, 2019, and he was present when he jumped from a parking garage to a transit station in Boston just hours before his graduation, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachel Rollins told reporters at the time.

Authorities said you were “physically, verbally and psychologically abusive” towards her boyfriend during their 18-month relationship.

Ullman described the case as a tragedy and should serve as a warning to teens and young adults who are turning to social media and insulting someone. Before leaving the platform, Ullman, according to a statement from the court, received one application from you. “I only ask you to make every effort to live your life in a way that honors the memory of Alexander,” he said.

“This agreement was made with the defense attorney in close consultation with the Ortola family,” Rollins said. “It is consistent with their desire to pursue accountability, closure, and protection of Alexander’s legacy, son, brother, uncle and lovers. They believe this is something Alexander wanted.”

“Today, as always, our thoughts are with Alexander’s family and loved ones,” Rollins said. “Today’s appeal allows them to close one chapter of their grief and hopefully move on to the next stage of their journey toward healing.”

Prosecutors described a pattern of abuse and manipulation throughout the relationship, in which you allegedly “made demands and threats” and exercised “total control” of Urtula, both mentally and emotionally. They claimed that she was aware of her boyfriend’s depression.

Prosecutors said you asked Ortola to kill himself “hundreds of times” through more than 47,000 text messages you sent him in the two months before his death.

Urtula had a major in biology and studied economics. The court confirmed that after Ortola committed suicide, she returned to her native South Korea, but that you appeared in court on Thursday.

You were due to graduate in May 2020 but dropped out of classes in August, according to a school spokesperson.

The case has drawn comparisons to Michelle Carter’s suicide text-messaging case, in which Carter was convicted of manslaughter after a judge decided that her letters to her boyfriend Conrad Roy III convinced him to kill himself in 2014.


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