Crime Watch Daily With Chris Hansen got the first look Friday inside the cell where Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, served 90 days of a six-month sentence at Santa Clara County Main Jail. Turner, 21, was released Friday morning at 6:08 a.m. Pacific Time.
Crime Watch Daily's Pat LaLama spoke with Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, who showed the facility. Smith said Turner he received “a lot of hate mail” while there.
The case provoked a national controversy after Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months in jail. Turner could have faced up to 14 years in prison, CWD affiliate KRON reported. Persky followed a recommendation by the county probation department to sentence Turner to six months in prison despite prosecutors seeking six years.
Turner must register as a sex offender for life and faces three years of supervised probation, the Associated Press reports.
The assault occurred in January 2015.
"He should have never been in our jail, he should have been in prison," Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said Friday morning after Turner was released.