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Ex-student in Rutgers webcam case is spared prison

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -

The former Rutgers University student convicted of bias intimidation for using a webcam to see his roommate and another man kissing days before the roommate committed suicide is getting a 30-day jail term and then probation.

A judge sentenced 20-year-old Dharun Ravi on Monday.

Ravi's roommate, Tyler Clementi, was held up as a symbol of what bullying can do to young gays. He killed himself in September 2010 by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.

Advocates for Ravi have protested the idea that he could be sent to prison for years for what they see as a misguided decision -- but one that may not have been linked to Clementi's suicide.

A jury convicted Ravi in March of all 15 criminal counts he faced.

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