Owen Labrie, now 20, was released from jail on Monday, May 16. Labrie, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate at the elite St. Paul’s School in 2014, was sent to jail in March after violating the terms of his bail. Though he was initially sentenced to a year, Merrimack County Judge Larry Smukler ruled on Monday that Labrie would be released early.
The Boston Globe reports:
Labrie’s lawyer, Jaye Rancourt, said his incarceration had a profound impact on him.
“For someone who’s never been incarcerated one hour, two months can be a very long time,” Rancourt said.
According to his lawyer, Labrie has spent most of his time in solitary confinement with only one to three hours a day outside of his jail cell. Rancourt indicated that Labrie was in solitary for his own protection. “It was very clear his safety was in question,” Rancourt told the court. Apparently, Labrie’s time in jail was also a time for reflection:
“He’s gone through a wave of emotion, from being sad about his situation, being scared, being nervous, being bored at times.”
His time behind bars made Labrie realized how privileged and supported he is, Rancourt told the court. He would not pose a danger to the public if released, she said.
In March, Labrie had his bail revoked and was sentenced to one year in prison after violating the terms of his bail on seven separate occasions. Labrie, who was out on bail while awaiting the appeal of his 2014 conviction, was caught when he conducted an impromptu interview with Vice contributor Susan Zalkind on a Boston-bound train. Labrie told Zalkind that he was visiting his girlfriend, a student at Harvard, but told later prosecutors he was traveling to Boston for independent study.