Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student convicted in March of spying on his roommate's encounter with another man with a webcam, was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Monday (21 May).
Ravi's roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death off of the George Washington Bridge after discovering he had been spied on and discussed on Twitter by Ravi with other students.
The 20-year-old Ravi had faced up to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, and tampering with evidence. Bias intimidation is a hate crime based on the fact that Clementi was gay.
'I do not believe he hated Tyler Clementi,' Judge Glenn Berman told the court in handing down the sentence. 'He had no reason to, but I do believe he acted out of colossal insensitivity.'
The judge also scolded Ravi who did not address the court before the sentencing: 'I heard this jury say, 'guilty' 288 times--24 questions, 12 jurors. That's the multiplication. I haven't heard you apologize once.'
Clementi's parents addressed Berman before the sentencing was handed down.
His father, Joseph Clementi, said the family was seeking 'an appropriate deterrent' and noted that his son had checked Ravi's Twitter page 37 times before leaving the dorm and jumping to his death.
'We are seeking justice and accountability, not revenge,' he said.
Tyler's mother, Jane Clementi, was in tears as she recalled for the judge the day her son met Ravi as they moved into the dorm room where the spying took place.
'[Ravi] never even paused to acknowledge that Tyler was in the room,' she said. 'No greeting, no smile, no recognition, no nothing.'
Ravi's mother, also in tears, asked for leniency: 'Dharun's dreams are shattered. And he has been living in hell for the past 20 months. It's hard for me to say that my son is sitting here physically alive in front of everyone...I feel that Dharun has really suffered enough for the past two years in the media.'
Ravi has said he set up the webcam because he was uncomfortable with the appearance of the man Clementi brought back to their dorm room who is known only by the initials M.B.
M.B. said in a statement to the court: 'While I bear no anger towards Mr. Ravi, after much thought and many sleepless nights, I must say that Mr. Ravi should serve some type of confinement so that he can reflect on the serious harm he has caused.'
In addition to the 30 days in jail, Ravi was also sentenced to three years probation, ordered to complete 300 hours of community service and to attend counseling programs for cyber-bullying and alternative lifestyles.
He must also pay $10,000 to the probation department with the money will go to victims of bias crimes.
Because he remains a citizen of India, Ravi could face deportation. But Judge Berman has recommended that he not be deported.