Monday, June 18, 2012

Ex-Rutgers Student Gets Out of Jail

Story first appeared in USA Today.

The former Rutgers University student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his roommate will likely be released from prison Tuesday after serving 20 days of a 30-day sentence, say Hackensack Personal Injury Lawyers.

The twenty-year-old reported to the Middlesex County Jail on May 31, even though he could have remained free while his case is appealed.

The Warden told The Associated Press on Friday that he is in line to be released Tuesday, 20 days after he reported. Like other inmates with that length sentence, he began with five days of credits for good behavior and five for working. The warden said he has not lost any of those credits.

The defendant's roommate committed suicide in September 2010, days after the defendant used a webcam to see — briefly — live streaming video of the deceased and another man kissing.

A jury convicted the defendant in March of all 15 criminal counts he faced, including bias intimidation, for which he could have been given a 10-year prison sentence. Last month, a judge said he should have a shorter sentence in part because he did not commit violence.

Prosecutors are asking an appeals court for a longer sentence while he is appealing his conviction.

The Hackensack Criminal Defense Lawyers handling the case have told a judge that he will begin making monthly payments toward the more than $11,000 in fines and assessments he was ordered to pay as part of his sentence and will start serving 300 hours of community service.

If the sentence stands, the defendant also will have to check in with a probation officer for three years.

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