CBSN

Ex-Rutgers student whose roommate killed self pleads to reduced charge in webcam case

Dharun Ravi appears in court at the Middlesex County Courthouse during a hearing in the webcam-spying case involving the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi Oct. 20, 2011, in New Brunswick, N.J.

AP Photo/Julio Cortez

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A former Rutgers University student whose roommate killed himself after being captured on a webcamkissing another man has pleaded guilty to attempted invasion of privacy.

tyler-clementi-244.jpg

Tyler Clementi

Family photo

Thursday’s plea from Dharun Ravi comes after an appeals court last month threw out a 15-count conviction against him in a case that stemmed from the 2010 death of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi.

Clementi’s death started a national conversation about the treatment of young gays.

Ravi was sentenced Thursday to probation plus 30 days in jail, and won’t serve any additional jail time under the plea agreement. He had originally faced up to 10 years in prison.

The plea comes after the court tossed several bias intimidation counts because of a change in New Jersey law and ordered a new trial on other counts.