Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail For Role in Tyler Clementi Suicide

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One-time Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for his role in the suicide of his former roommate, Tyler Clementi.

Ravi was found guilty of invasion of privacy and hate crimes in March.

The 20-year-old did not speak at his sentencing this morning. He will begin serving jail time May 31. Ravi cried as his mother spoke in court.

"The media was ripping him apart with their misleading facts ... He was absolutely devastated and broken into pieces,” Sabitha Ravi pleaded.

Ravi and Clementi

"I do not believe he hated Tyler Clementi," Judge Glenn Berman told the packed courtroom in announcing his decision. "He had no reason to."

"But, I do believe he acted out of colossal insensitivity."

Dharun Ravi was convicted of bias intimidation, witness tampering, hindering arrest and numerous other charges in connection with the case.

This all stemmed from his role in using a webcam to observe Clementi's date with a man in their dorm room in 2010, then Tweeting about it.

Ravi (above, left) Tweeted about what he'd witnessed and invited others to watch Clementi (above, right) make out with his male love interest.

That man's name has not been revealed.

Prosecutors said Ravi was motivated by a hatred. Ravi consistently has denied hatred of gays. In any case, Tyler Clementi killed himself.

He jumped off the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010, after leaving a note on Facebook reading, "Jumping off the gw bridge. Sorry."

He was 18.

In the days leading up to his sentencing, several prominent gay activists made public pleas for Ravi not to be sent to prison, reports ABC News.

But the man captured on the webcam with Tyler Clementi did not agree. His attorney, Richard Pompelio, read his statement in court Monday.

It said, "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."

"I do not believe that he has taken responsibility for his conduct, and to this day he seems to blame me for the actions he took."

Tyler's father, Joseph Clementi, also said of Ravi: "He had no call to do what he did. Tyler never did anything to Mr. Ravi to cause him harm."

Ravi's actions, said Joseph Clementi, were purely as a result of his seeing Tyler "as someone not deserving basic human decency and respect."

"All because my son was different from him [and] because he was gay."

In her own message, Jane Clementi, Tyler's mom, called Ravi's actions "mean-spirited, they are evil and, most important, they are against the law."

Before trial, Ravi had rejected a plea deal that would have placed him on probation and required community service – and spared him any time behind bars or the threat of deportation to his native India. He chose instead to face a jury.

It's unclear if he faces immigration issues after his 30-day sentence is complete. What do you think? Does he deserve to spend time in jail?

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It is funny how most people on this post have more empathy for the accuser than the individual that was victimized.

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This sentence is B***S**T and I hope Ravi gets his A**hole plugged while in jail by some big gay dude.

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@GB Yes gay men are sissy's. Sure the former NFL star cried after every game. He's a right tackle. I'm sure you'd have no problem teaching him a thing or two. LMFAO! Such a waste of air you are.
Ravi boy will be "County Mounty" on day 1 of his 30 day stay. That bright red butt cherry just begging to be popped.
@H8 Fags yep Ravi will no longer be that innocent boy. May walk a lil funny from all that butt sex.
Maybe Ravi will jump off a bridge. Most of you feel that is a mental or chemical imbalance. So I'm sure none of you will have a prob with that. No one forced him, right?

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HEY NICOLE, BY YOUR LOGIC IF I JUMP OFF A BRIDGE TODAY (AS YOU HAVE TOLD US TO DO) YOU WILL BE ARRESTED & JAILED. NO ONE WILL CARE THAT I OVER REACTED TO YOUR POST. OR THAT I MUST HAVE DEEPER PROBLEMS TO GO AS FAR AS TO KILL MYSELF. I'M GAY BUT FOR ME (AND MANY GAY ACTIVISTS) LOCKING THIS GUY UP IS JUST SCAPE-GOATING. THE REAL PROBLEM WAS AT HOME, WITH PARENTS WHO REJECTED HIM WHEN HE FIRST CAME OUT AND NOW CRY CROCODILE TEARS.

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I feel bad about Tyler's suicide but no one is to blame for him taking his own life but him. The young man had mental health issues that were never addressed; most mental health issues began in childhood and therpy and medication could help alleviate some problems. Ultimately he was ashamed of who he was, or else he would have laughed it off and kept doing what he did.

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Some people really are ignorant about mental illness and suicide!
The choice to kill himself was his and any small thing could have triggered it because HE WAS MENTALLY ILL. Get it?

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He should absolutely go to jail! That's a disguesting human being right there. It was no practical joke. He ended someones life bcuz he thought it be okay to put someones private business on he internet! If you think that's not a big deal maybe you should jump off a bridge as well.

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Oh and Terri being "cruel and insensitive" aint a crime. Otherwise 90% of teens would be in jail right now.

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No one should go to jail even for 30 days over a PRACTICAL JOKE. That suicide kid was clearly already mentally disturbed to do such a thing.

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Girls go through this kinda shit all the time and simply file complaints - WITHOUT JUMPING OFF A BRIDGE. Gays are not the only group who are bullied but you dont see nerds or fat kids or black kids offing themselves do you??? Why? Because they are not self obsessed sissies looking for any attention - even if its in the form of obituaries. This kid should be left alone to live his fucking life. Not his fault this cock sucker was a coward.

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