Transcript for Tyler Clementi's Roommate Convicted
We turned out to dead guilty verdict that came in today in what's become a landmark case of bullying that letting young man to take his own life a web -- set up in his room. His roommate another secretly watching him during a sexual encounter with another man. Today that former Rutgers student accused of setting up the -- was found guilty on all counts. It was Tyler -- student who played -- violin and took his own life. After looking -- the web cam had been watching him ABC's Chris Cuomo has been on this case from the store. -- -- -- -- It took just twelve hours for the jury to return a verdict that showed little mercy kept. Guilty guilty. -- -- robbing the twenty year old former Rutgers freshman guilty on all fifteen counts the most serious bias intimidation. A hate crime. Carrying a sentence of up to ten years in prison. -- -- still work throughout only a hint of what had to be crushing disappointment after refusing a plea deal that would have included no jail time. His parents just behind him kept their heads low. One juror this same ages -- was confident in the verdict after it was the right thing you know. There's -- -- -- its its case the charges stem from -- is using a webcam to spy on his Rutgers roommate in a gay encounter with an older man. Tyler Clementi then eighteen years old and openly gay soft spoken violinist. Found out about the spying when he spotted -- invitation on Twitter for friends to come watch a planned second date. That's second viewing never happened but the next day Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. -- these parents were also -- for today's verdict. The trials painful for us as it would be for any parent who must sit and listen to people talk about bad and inappropriate things that were -- -- their child. -- hate crime conviction means jurors decided -- intimidated Clemente because he was gay though few witnesses at trial remembered -- ever saying anything. -- -- -- -- -- The suicide did spark a national anti bullying campaign prompting celebrities to speak out and every day it gets better. The defense insisted throughout what happened here was an immature prank. Because we do so stupid we make mistakes. Especially when -- -- it doesn't mean. -- hateful. -- -- -- -- Or -- permanent. It's troubling case sentencing is expected and they rob he's going to serve time. David because he isn't Indian national was probably -- -- be court. We -- Tyler Clementi -- we spoke today do they believe just assistants are now that in focus on -- but they did say this is an important case they hope the message is out but that message. Is confusing this bias law was confusing there wasn't a lot of hate evidence presented missile called. Hate crime case so this verdict today. Is not an end in the fight against bowling we are at the beginning of that all right Chris on what tonight Chris thanks so much.
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