Stanford University student Brock Turner, who raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus, will serve just three months of his six-month sentence.
She said: This is everything my family and I endured during the trial. This is everything I had to sit through silently, taking it, while he shaped the evening. It is enough to be suffering. It is another thing to have someone ruthlessly working to diminish the gravity and validity of this suffering.”
She said “Throughout incarceration I hope he is provided with appropriate therapy and resources to rebuild his life. I request that he educates himself about the issue of campus sexual assault. I hope he accepts proper punishment and pushes himself to reenter society as a better person.”
She said to other victims: “I hope that by speaking today, you absorbed a small amount of light, a small knowing that you can’t be silenced, a small satisfaction that justice was served, a small assurance that we are getting somewhere.”
And now she is faced with this.
Three months in protective custody in a county jail.
Not six years, not 12 years as some hoped.
Not six months – as horrified as we were by that.
But just three months.
Brock Turner will serve only three months.
A document on the Santa Clara County's Depart of Corrections website reveals Turner, who was convicted in March on three felony counts of sexual assault will in fact be released on Sept. 2, 2016.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Officer Sgt. James Jensen, from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's office, said the court has instructed officials to release Turner on that date, although he could not say that the sentence has been formally shortened.
"If it says he's getting released on that date — unless there's some special circumstance and he receives new criminal charges while in prison and were to be charged — that is the date of his release," said Jensen.
According to KRON Santa Clara County inmates typically serve half of their jail sentences if they keep a clean record, they report that state inmates serve roughly 50 percent of their sentences before being released.
Prosecutors in the Turner case had asked that he serve six years in prison but Judge Aaron Persky gave the university swimmer only six months and ordered him to register for life as a sex offender. Controversially the judge cited his lack of a criminal history, his numerous character references, and what the judge said was "the unlikelihood of his committing another such crime" when he sentenced him.
Brock Turner during a swim meet. Via Facebook.
But now, to the dismay of victims advocates it looks like Turner will be back home in his privileged Ohio community in September.
The shock news comes as photos circulate of Turner engaging in drug use.
Court documents obtained by ABC America show images of Turner in a Stanford shirt holding a bong.
Another image shows him holding a hash pipe.
In his sentencing statement, republished by Mamamia yesterday, Turner wrote to the judge: "Coming from a small town in Ohio, I never really experienced celebrating or partying that involved alcohol."
The image of the bong - found on Turner’s phone came from a video of him smoking the bong and drinking from a bottle of liquor on December 27, 2014 - almost a month before the rape.