by Shaun Knittel -
SGN Associate Editor
Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man, turned himself in Thursday to begin his 30-day jail sentence.
Because prosecutors are appealing the sentence, Ravi did not have to begin serving the term. But Ravi's lawyer, Steven Altman, says his client chose to begin serving now. According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Altman says Ravi wanted to 'get it over with.'
Ravi was convicted in March of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, and other charges for using his webcam to watch roommate Tyler Clementi kissing a man. Clementi committed suicide days after the September 2010 incident.
Middlesex County Judge Glenn Berman sentenced Ravi to 30 days in jail, plus fines, probation, and community service.
Ravi was chastised by the judge for not apologizing for his crimes. But earlier this week, Ravi issued the following statement:
'Last Monday, I was sentenced to 3 years' probation, 300 hours of community service, a fine of more than $10,000, and 30 days in jail. Since the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office appealed that sentence, the sentence does not have to start until the appeal is decided. Nevertheless, I decided to accept and hopefully complete the sentence as soon as possible. It's the only way I can go on with my life. 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. My behavior and actions, which at no time were motivated by hate, bigotry, prejudice, or desire to hurt, humiliate, or embarrass anyone, were nonetheless the wrong choices and decisions. I apologize to everyone affected by those choices. I am surrendering myself to the Middlesex County Correctional Facility on Thursday, May 31, 2012, to start my 30-day period of imprisonment.'
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