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Brock Turner to Be Released from Jail Friday

A former white Stanford University student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a campus trash can is scheduled to be released from jail on September 2.

Business Insider reports that Brock Turner, 20, will leave the Santa Clara County jail three months early for good behavior. Turner was sentenced to six months in jail in June.

Turner was found guilty of three felony counts for sexually assaulting an unconscious, intoxicated woman in January 2015. Two graduate students saw the incident, which took place behind a garbage bin outside of a fraternity house on Stanford’s campus, officials say.

When Turner tried to flee the scene, the students pinned him down until police arrived. In addition to the six-month jail sentence, Turner was ordered to serve three years probation, a discipline that many decried as a slap on the wrist thanks to his white privilege.

Judge Aaron Persky oversaw his case. He faced mounting backlash stemming from his perceived bias in sentencing.

 

“A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him. I think he will not be a danger to others,” Persky said when handing down the sentence in June.

In August, Persky announced he will no longer hear criminal cases at his own request.