Surely murder should've carried a term in Azkaban, or a juvenile prison if one exists in the wizarding world. How could he have been allowed to be gamekeeper in the very school he murdered someone? His name was not cleared until 1992.

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    It wasn't Hagrid who was accused of murder, it was the creature Aragog he was raising in the school dungeons. Hagrid's accusation was that he was negligent. May 4, 2020 at 1:03
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    Let's remember that it was never proven that Hagrid or Aragog murdered Myrtle (something he didn't do, to begin with...)
    – IloneSP
    May 4, 2020 at 8:34

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Hagrid was not accused of murder.

Though Hagrid was actually innocent, the accusations against him were not of murder, or any other intentional crime, but of accidentally letting a creature he kept kill a student.

“Riddle stepped closer.

‘It’s all over,’ he said. ‘I’m going to have to turn you in, Rubeus. They’re talking about closing Hogwarts if the attacks don’t stop.’

‘What d’yeh –’

‘I don’t think you meant to kill anyone. But monsters don’t make good pets. I suppose you just let it out for exercise and –’

‘It never killed no one!’ said the large boy, backing against the closed door. From behind him, Harry could hear a funny rustling and clicking.”
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 13 (The Very Secret Diary)

The Acromantula, Aragog, was the one actually blamed for the death of the student.

“I!’ said Aragog, clicking angrily. ‘I was not born in the castle. I come from a distant land. A traveller gave me to Hagrid when I was an egg. Hagrid was only a boy, but he cared for me, hidden in a cupboard in the castle, feeding me on scraps from the table. Hagrid is my good friend, and a good man. When I was discovered, and blamed for the death of a girl, he protected me. I have lived here in the Forest ever since, where Hagrid still visits me.”
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 15 (Aragog)

As the accusations against Hagrid were of causing a fatal accident to occur, not of murder, and he was underage at the time, it was presumably considered fair to punish him for the incident without a sentence in Azkaban.

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    That makes a lot of sense, thank you. I'm surprised Riddle didn't frame Hagrid all the way, getting him implicated for raising Aragog with intention to murder. I suppose that would've been hard to prove.
    – Siddhartha
    May 4, 2020 at 17:03
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    @Siddhartha You’re very welcome! Riddle likely chose the story he did because it was easy to believe would be possible for Hagrid, so others would not doubt its truth. Additionally, his goal was not really to get Hagrid in trouble - it was to make those in charge of Hogwarts believe they had caught the culprit and it was safe for the school to stay open. He just needed the blame to fall on someone else, and to have Hogwarts continue to be open so he could remain there.
    – Obsidia
    May 4, 2020 at 17:12

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