Owen Labrie is the St. Paul’s School senior who was charged with raping a 15-year-old underclassman on campus. A jury found him guilty — not of rape, but of sexual assault. Prior to the sentencing, Owen Labrie’s mother, Denise Holland, submitted a letter to the judge. She asked for probation only. Holland claims that her son has “become despondent and suicidal as ‘so many years of dedication and hard work dissolve[d] before him’.” She asked the judge “to give him a chance to proceed on with his life and become the productive, spiritual, decent hard-working man of service I know he is destined to be without the stigma of registration or incarceration.”
On October 29, a state Superior Court judge sentenced Labrie to 12 months in jail and gave him five years of probation. Labrie will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. The now 20-year-old is out on $15,000 bail. He will not have to serve his time in jail until the appeal process is over. Dateline NBC will air a special report on the Labrie rape trial and sentencing on October 30 at 10pm.