SANE JOSE, CALIFORNIA - Former Stanford swimmer 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.