Former Stanford Swimmer Whose Sentence Drew Nationwide Outrage Expected to Be Released September 2
Brock Turner, found guilty on three counts of felony sexual assault, faced up to a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison for the crimes he committed in January 2015. Turner, whose victim has advised KTVU Fox 2 she is “every woman,” was sentenced on June 2 to serve only six months in jail, with three years of probation.
The controversial ruling by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky has garnered over one million signatures on a petition calling for him to "be removed from his judicial position for [his] lenient sentence.” Judge Persky’s unchallenged new judicial term began this week.
Now, according to Talking Points Memo, Turner will “leave jail three months early.”
The Daily Mail has reported that the felon’s early departure results from the unlikelihood that he “will misbehave behind bars.” Turner, who is being held in a private cell, unlike most other inmates, entered the Elmwood prison the day of his sentencing: one week ago, June 2.
Prior to the news that the Turner would serve only three months behind bars, NCRM and others published the letter that Turner’s “every woman” victim read to her attacker. In it, she says:
"The Probation Officer has stated that this case, when compared to other crimes of similar nature, may be considered less serious due to the defendant’s level of intoxication. It felt serious. That’s all I’m going to say."
"What has he done to demonstrate that he deserves a break? He has only apologized for drinking and has yet to define what he did to me as sexual assault, he has revictimized me continually, relentlessly. He has been found guilty of three serious felonies and it is time for him to accept the consequences of his actions. He will not be quietly excused."
"He is a lifetime sex registrant. That doesn’t expire. Just like what he did to me doesn’t expire, doesn’t just go away after a set number of years. It stays with me, it’s part of my identity, it has forever changed the way I carry myself, the way I live the rest of my life."
Turner is scheduled to be released on September 2, 2016.
Image: Stanford Department Of Public Safety