Brock Turner, the former Stanford University student who was convicted of three counts of sexual assault and was given a laughable six-month prison sentence for his crimes will be released from prison Friday (September 2) for good behavior, according to reports.
The maximum sentence for Turner’s crimes was 14 years, although prosecutors wanted him to serve six for raping an unconscious college woman behind a dumpster in August 2015. When Judge Aaron Persky handed down Turner’s six month sentence, there was a nationwide outcry at what many believed was a gross abuse of power. In Persky’s explanation, the judge said that while the victim’s life had been “poisoned” by Turner’s actions, a long prison sentence wouldn’t be the “antidote.”
Since Turner’s conviction, the nation has seen two other high profile rape cases receive the same lenient outcome. University of Colorado student Austin James Wilkerson was sentenced to two years in jail under work release, which means he can leave to go to school or work and return at night. Most recently, 18-year-old David Becker’s case made headlines when a judge handed down a two-year probation as his sentence for sexually assaulting two classmates back in April. According to reports, as long as Becker follows the rules of his probation, the case will be dismissed and won’t appear on his records and he won’t have to register as a sex offender.
After serving three months in county jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in January 2015, Brock Turner was released, Buzzfeed reports, after news of his mild sentence made waves earlier this year. He was originally sentenced to six months in jail.
Three counts were handed down to Turner, which included assault with the intent to rape an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object.