XENIA, Ohio (WATE) – About a dozen demonstrators, some of them armed, waited outside former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner’s family home in Ohio to protest his release from a California jail after serving only half of his six months sentence.
Turner, 21, was released from jail on Friday and how must serve three months of probation and register as a sex offender. He is believed to have stayed at a hotel with his mother in California Friday night. He has five days to report to the sheriff’s department in Xenia, Ohio to be register as a sex offender.
“He’s not going to live some happy pleasant life,” one protester told WCPO. “We’re going to never let him forget what he did.”
The group of protesters carried signs that said “castrate all rapists!” And “No sympathy for rapists.” Some were carrying weapons. Ohio is a traditional open carry state.
Ohio is an open carry
“If he is uncomfortable then he begins to receive at least some punishment that he deserves for his crime,” another protester told WCPO.
Turner was found guilty in March of three felony charges: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person.
The January 2015 assault was stopped by two men on bicycles who noticed that Turner’s victim wasn’t moving, authorities said. Turner, then 19, fled the scene but the witnesses tackled him and held him until police arrived, according to the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office.
Turner was initially facing up to 14 years behind bars. Prosecutors asked for six years, but Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner on June 2 to six months in jail and three years of probation, as recommended by the probation department.
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