Sex assault convict Brock Turner leaves jail after serving 3 months

Sex assault convict Brock Turner walked silently out of a San Jose jail and past a throng of reporters Friday morning after he served three months in jail for his sexual assault conviction.

Turner, 21, was originally sentenced to six months after his rape conviction, a seemingly lenient punishment that drew national outrage. That term of incarceration was reduced for “good behavior.”

“That’s the court’s decision,” Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith told reporters Friday before Turner’s release. “It’s a decision that I’m not happy with. I think it should have been a state prison sentence. That’s why we are moving so quickly on getting the law changed and urging Gov. (Jerry) Brown to sign the legislation that is on his desk now.”

Turner must register as a sex offender and serve three years of probation.

Smith said that Turner had received hate mail while in jail, where he was kept in protective custody.

Turner was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person, charges that could have led to more than a decade in prison. Instead, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to a much more lenient term of incarceration in June, citing Turner's age and that his drunken state at the time of the rape resulted in "less moral culpability."

Turner claims that the victim, who he assaulted outside a fraternity party in January 2015, consented.

Stanford expelled Turner before he completed his freshman year.

Legislation awaiting Gov. Brown's signature calls for a three-year prison sentence in case where the victim is unconscious or severely intoxicated.


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