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Prosecutors Want Jail Time, But Not Maximum Sentence for Dharun Ravi

Dharun Ravi waits for the judge to explain the law to the jury before they begin their deliberations during his trial at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick, N.J. on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.  Ravi is accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi,  intimate encounter with another man.  Days later  Clementi committed suicide.  Ravi, 19, faces 15 criminal charges, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime punishable by up to 10 years in state prison. (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, John O'Boyle, Pool)

With the approval of Tyler Clementi's family, prosecutors have requested "a period of imprisonment," but not the full ten years possible for Dharun Ravi, the 20-year-old former Rutgers student found guilty of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy following the suicide of his roommate. Ravi, whose defense is asking for probation, could also be deported to India after rejecting a pre-trial deal that would have kept him out of prison. "I'm never going to regret not taking the plea," he said after the verdict.

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Photo: John O'Boyle/AP