Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in January 2015, is set to be released from jail on Friday, September 2, according to the Department of Correction’s website of Santa Clara County in California.
Turner, 21, was sentenced to six months in Santa Clara County jail this past June; he’s served three months.
According to the Associated Press, inmates at the county jail are allowed to serve just half of their sentences if they stay out of trouble.
As previously reported by Us, Turner was accused of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old woman who had passed out behind a dumpster outside of a campus party. The case sparked outrage after Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to only six months.
The prosecution had sought a six-year sentence for the three felony counts of attempted rape, sexual penetration of an intoxicated woman and sexual penetration of an unconscious woman.
According to CNN, Persky — who was criticized for handing down such a light sentence — will no longer hear criminal cases beginning September 6, and will instead preside over civil cases.
As previously reported, Turner will be required to attend drug and alcohol counseling after his release.
The former college student blamed his actions on “party culture” in his memo to the judge and claimed that he hadn’t been exposed to drugs or alcohol prior to entering college. However, in a prosecutor’s sentencing memo obtained by the San Mercury News, it was revealed that Turner had sent text messages in high school to friends suggesting they drop acid and buy pot.
The victim has chosen to remain anonymous even after her powerful letter to Turner went viral. In a statement to local news outlets, she explained that her decision comes as “a statement that all of these people are fighting for someone they don’t know” and that “for now, I am every woman.”
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