As though the outrage surrounding Stanford rapist, Brock Turner, wasn’t high enough in light of his lenient prison sentence, tensions are now sure to rise exponentially as news station KTLA reports that Turner is expected to be released in as little as three months.
Brock Turner, 20, is expected to have his prison sentence reduced from six months to three, effectively cutting his time in half.
Turner was convicted on multiple sexual assault charges according to inmate records:
- assault with intent to rape an intoxicated woman
- sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object
- sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.
Brock Turner was booked by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office on June 2, 2016, leading up to his six-month prison sentencing which is likely to be reduced to a three-month sentence now.
A jury found Turner guilty of raping a half-naked, unconscious woman behind a dumpster on the Palo Alto campus of Stanford in January of last year.
Two Swedish grad students spotted Turner during the lewd act and chased him down which led to his arrest. If Turner’s sentence really gets reduced to three months, then he will be released from jail September 2 of this year.
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According to a Bay Area television station in Santa Clara County, inmates — no matter how heinous the crime — typically only serve half of their jail sentences anyway, granted they keep a clean record while imprisoned or exemplify “good behavior.”
Prosecutors initially wanted six years for Turner, but the trial only resulted to a six-month sentence, which enraged legal officials and followers of the highly publicized case.
Some called out the issue of privilege, which grants some people more leniency than others when it comes to sentencing
Plaxico Burress served nearly 2 years for shooting himself by accident. Meanwhile, #BrockTurner gets 3 months for raping someone? Yea Ok.— Gayle Saunders (@EagleSessions) June 9, 2016
Aaron Persky, the acting judge who sentenced Turner to six months, which may be reduced to three, has also been at the center of the outrage leading to calls for his removal from the judiciary bench.
A petition started by Maria Ruiz has been initiated on Change.org calling to do so. It is 67,377 signatures shy of reaching its goal of 1,000,000.
“We the people would like to petition that Judge Aaron Persky be removed from his Judicial position for the lenient sentence he allowed in the Brock Turner rape case.”
The petition continues, “Judge Persky failed to see that the fact that Brock Turner is a white male star athlete at a prestigious university does not entitle him to leniency. He also failed to send the message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class, race, gender or other factors.”
Persky said that he issued the six-month sentence because a longer one would have a “severe impact on him.” Other factors were his age and lack of criminal history.
On social media, the unnamed 23-year-old victim’s graphic statement has gone viral which meticulously describes what it was like being raped by Turner and him potentially serving three months for it.
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It’s still unclear at this moment whether Turner will, for certain, have his six-month sentence reduced to a three-month sentence.
Either way, it appears that Turner will not suffer for long — not nearly as long as his victim.
[Photo by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office/AP Images]