Witness in Rutgers spycam trial, "M.B." wants prison for convicted Dharun Ravi
(CBS/AP) WHIPPANY, N.J. - The man who had intimate encounters with student Tyler Clementi while Clementi's roommate used a webcam to spy on them said through his attorney Thursday that the convicted Dharun Ravi should go to prison. The man, identified only as "M.B.," will draft an impact statement that his lawyer plans to read when Ravi is sentenced on May 21.
His attorney, Richard Pompelio tells The Record that his client believes Ravi should to go to jail.
"If the judge simply gave him probation, he would feel that this case escaped justice," said Pompelio. "He does believe Dharun Ravi deserves to be sentenced to jail time because that's what the law provides as opposed to, 'I want to see him behind bars.'"
A jury convicted Ravi of each of the 15 counts of invasion of privacy, witness and evidence tampering, hindering prosecution and bias intimidation - a hate crime. The most serious counts of bias intimidation carry possible sentences of between five and 10 years.
However, Pompelio says his 32-year-old client doesn't have any malice toward Ravi. M.B. has always viewed Ravi's actions as those of an immature college student, he said.
"I think what he has learned is that it was more than just an act of someone doing something foolish - that in addition to that, there was an effort that displayed meanness," Pompelio said.
How is M.B. faring after the trial? Pompelio said, "I think he's realizing that this was more of a traumatic event than he anticipated. We're working on dealing with that. I have no doubt he's going to be fine."
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