In a tense and emotional court hearing lasting more than four hours, Dharun Ravi was sentenced today to a 30-day term in the county jail for intimidation and invading the privacy of his roommate, who later committed suicide.
The 20-year-old former Rutgers University freshman was facing as much as 10 years in state prison.
The sentencing brought an unexpected and surprising end to the high-profile case that put a national spotlight on cyber bullying, and immediately led to a promise by prosecutors to appeal the decision….
The judge imposed a sentence of 30 days, along with three years probation. Ravi was also given 300 hours of community service and told to contribute $10,000 to a state licensed community based organization dedicated to assisting victims of bias crimes.
Berman said he would recommend that Ravi, who has lived in this country most of his life, not be deported to his native India.
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