Ex-Rutgers student leaves prison after 20 days
June 20, 2012 | 2:48 pm
(Updated: June 20, 2012 | 2:49 pm)
Ex-Rutgers student was released from prison Tuesday after serving 20 days out of a 30-day sentence after being convicted of bias intimidation.
Dharun Ravi, 20, was convicted after using a webcam to watch his roommate, Tyler Clementi, kiss another man. Ravi reported to jail in New Jersey on May 31 and was able to drop ten days off of his sentence due to good behavior and working, which dropped 5 days each.
Ravi was convicted of 15 criminal counts earlier this year in a case that drew nationwide attention after Clementi committed suicide in September 2010, days after the webcam spying. Ravi was not charged with Clementi’s death.
Although the 30 days jail sentence has been satisfied, Ravi still faces three years of probation, fines and assessments totaling $11,000, 300 community service hours and counseling. Ravi was able to avoid deportation due to the his being legally in the country since the age of five and the length of his sentence amounting to less than a year, which is usually the length of time those who are deported will serve.
Prosecutors are appealing the sentence and arguing that Ravi should serve more time. Ravi is appealing his conviction, pleading not guilty.