Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was released from Middlesex County jail at 8:35am this morning after serving 20 days for using a webcam to spy on his roommate Tyler Clementi in a Rutgers dorm.
According to the NJ Star Ledger, Ravi was released and walked out of the building with defense attorney Steve Altman's arm around his shoulder.
The two left the jail and headed toward Altman's silver BMW, about 100 yards away from where about 20 member media members waited. Neither Ravi nor his attorney spoke.
Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in county jail after he was convicted in March of multiple second-degree bias counts for capturing roommate Clementi on webcam in September 2010 and then tweeting about his roommate's encounter with another man and inviting others to watch a planned second encounter.
Ravi only served 20 days of his 30 day sentence because of good behavior, in accordance with state regulations.
Ravi faced up to 10 years in prison on the second-degree bias counts, but Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman sentenced him to 30 days in the county jail, three years’ probation and 300 hours of community service.
Federal immigration authorities said Monday they will not move to deport Ravi, who was born in India.
Above: Attorney Steven Altman, center, and Dharun Ravi, right, leave the Middlesex County Department of Corrections in North Brunswick.Photo credit: Patti Sapone/The Star-Ledger