Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student in jail after being found guilty on charges of bias intimidation and issues related to webcam spying, is expected to be released tomorrow, after serving just 20 days of his 30-day sentence. A poll found a majority of New Jersey residents after the judge sentenced Ravi to 30 days in jail said they believed the sentence to be too lenient. Ravi’s roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped off the George Washington Bridge to his death after Ravi and another classmate spied on same-sex intimate encounters Clementi had, via a webcam.
“Ravi received 10 days off his sentence for good behavior as per state regulations, according to Warden Edmond Cicchi,” the Star-Ledger reported today:
Ravi was convicted in March of multiple second-degree bias counts for training his webcam on his roommate, fellow Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, in September 2010 and then tweeting about what he saw and inviting others to watch a planned second encounter.
Days after the incident, Clementi, 18, committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Ravi, 20, was not charged with causing Clementi’s death.
Ravi faced up to 10 years in prison on the second-degree bias counts, but Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman sentenced him to 30 days in the county jail, three years probation and 300 hours of community service.
Both Ravi and the Clementi family are appealing the sentence.
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