Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student who was found guilty of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate who killed himself, was released from jail Tuesday.
Ravi walked out of Middlesex County Jail with his laywers at about 8:30 a.m. after serving 20 days of his 30 day sentence for spying on his roommate Tyler Clementi.
His lawyers whisked him away in a silver BMW and they did not speak to reporters. Ravi's family was not represent at his release.
Ravi began his 30-day sentence with five days of credit for good behavior and five days of credit for working.
A day before entering jail, Ravi apologized for spying on Clementi, with a webcam.
"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," Ravi said in a statement Wednesday.
Clementi, 18, killed himself by jumping off New York's George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River after learning Ravi had secretly recorded his intimate encounter with another man.
Ravi's court appearance Wednesday formalized his decision to head to jail, waiving his right not to serve jail time twice for the same crime, as prosecutors appeal his sentence.
New Jersey prosecutors argue that Ravi's crimes warranted more than a 30-day jail term and called Superior Judge Glenn Berman's sentence "insufficient under the sentencing laws of this state."
Berman defended the jail sentence Wednesday, CNN affiliate WABC reported.
"I can't find it in me to remand him to state prison that house people convicted of offenses such as murder, armed robbery and rape," Berman said. "I don't believe that fits this case. I believe that he has to be punished and he will be."
CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin said there is "very little chance" the sentence will be overturned on appeal. He noted that under New Jersey law, the judge had the flexibility to sentence Ravi to anything from zero to 10 years in prison.
Ravi was handed a 30-day jail sentence, three years of probation and must complete 300 hours of community service aimed at assisting victims of bias crimes. He also must pay more than $11,000 in restitution.
"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," Ravi said in his statement. His attorney said he intends to begin community service after he serves his sentence and will start paying his fines in August.
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