The parents of Tyler Clementi say they have left their longtime village church due to its views on homosexuality.
The former Rutgers University student convicted of spying on his roommate having an intimate encounter with another man was released from the Middlesex County Jail after serving 20 days of his 30-day jail sentence.
Ravi, 21, is due to be released from the Middlesex County Jail on Tuesday after serving 20 days of a 30-day jail sentence.
The Middlesex County Jail Warden said that Dharun Ravi will likely be released after serving 20 days of a 30-day sentence. Like inmates with similar sentences, Ravi began with five days of credit for good behavior and five days for working.
Dharun Ravi, 20, arrived at the sheriff’s department in New Brunswick shortly after 12:30 p.m. for processing before heading to jail to serve a 30-day term.
Dharun Ravi appeared in state court to formally put on the record his decision to report to jail Thursday to begin serving his 30-day jail sentence and waive his right not to be punished twice for the same crime.
“I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices that I made on September 19, 2010 and September 21, 2010,” Ravi said in a statement.
The former Rutgers student convicted in the webcam spying case is getting support from some bias-crime victims. A New Jersey judge has received more than 100 letters supporting Dharun Ravi, many of which have come from victims of bias incidents.
In addition to the 30-day jail term and probation, Judge Glenn Berman sentenced the 20-year-old to 300 hours of community service.
Sentencing day is tomorrow for the former Rutgers student convicted of spying on his gay roommate. Dharun Ravi faces up to 10 years in prison.
Friends and supporters of Ravi said Rutgers University should have handled the case and that the 20-year-old shouldn’t have been tried using the bias statute, which they argue is confusing.
Lawyers for 20-year-old Dharun Ravi spelled out their position in a court filing Tuesday, saying the jury got it wrong.
The man who had intimate encounters with Rutgers student Tyler Clementi will draft an impact statement that his lawyer plans to read when Dharun Ravi is sentenced on May 21.
Dharun Ravi told the Star-Ledger he was just leery of a stranger in his dorm room, saying “I thought it was something sinister” and that maybe Tyler Clementi “got mixed up with the wrong guy.”
As an alternate, James Downey heard all the testimony but did not participate in deliberations.