Tuesday 24 April 2018

Ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to walk free after serving just three months for sex assault on unconscious woman

Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in prison (Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office/AP)
Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in prison (Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office/AP)
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Brock Turner is set to be released from jail as his six month sentence for sexual assault is being cut short.

The former Stanford swimmer (20) has served just half of his sentence and will likely be released on Friday.

The light sentence handed down to the ex-student had already provoked outrage following his conviction.

Three months ago, Turner was found guilty of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.

Brock Turner, right, makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Califiornia Photo: Dan Honda/AP
Brock Turner, right, makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Califiornia Photo: Dan Honda/AP

The judge who gave the six-month jail term will stop hearing criminal cases after a firestorm of criticism.

California has a mandatory minimum sentence for forcible rape - but the law was not the same in cases where the victim is unconscious or heavily intoxocated.

However, just this week, the state passed legislation that removes a judge's ability of using discretion during sentencing in such cases.

Despite his brief jail time, Turner will spend the rest of his life on the sex offenders register.

Former Stanford student Brock Turner Photo: Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department / Handout via REUTERS
Former Stanford student Brock Turner Photo: Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department / Handout via REUTERS

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