Indian faces more serious charge in gay roommate’s suicide

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SummaryDharun Ravi, 19, might end up spending more time in prison than earlier believed

A former Indian-American student of a university in New Jersey now faces more serious charges in a webcam spying case that resulted in his roommate’s suicide.

As a result, Dharun Ravi, 19, might end up spending more time in prison than earlier believed.

The trial of Ravi, who earlier turned down a plea deal, is scheduled to begin February 21.

A former student of Rutgers University, Ravi is accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate’s intimate encounter with a man in September 2010. His roommate Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge a few days later.

Dharun Ravi is charged with bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and hindering prosecution.

In a 15-count indictment before a New Jersey court, the crime was earlier listed as a third-degree charge, but federal prosecutors on Wednesday told the court this was a mistake and that Ravi now faces a charge of second degree crime.

Meanwhile, Tyler’s older brother James said he wants people to know that “Tyler’s much more than the way that he died”, CNN reported on Thursday.

“There’s been so much attention and focus on my brother in the media in the last year and a half, since he passed,” James told CNN’s Jason Carroll in an interview. “But I felt like his voice and his personality, who he was, got lost completely in a lot of the dialogue that was out there about him.”

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