Ex-reserve deputy convicted of Eric Harris killing set for early release in October
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- A former Tulsa County reserve deputy sentenced to prison for a deadly 2015 shooting is scheduled for early release.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections confirms that Robert Bates is scheduled for release in mid-October.
Bates was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison for killing Eric Harris in April 2015. Harris was the subject of an undercover operation involving illegal gun sales.
During the sting, Harris was spooked during the transaction and ran from the scene. Despite being tackled and subdued by other deputies, Bates approached and fired his revolver.
Bates began serving his sentence in June 2016. According to the DOC, he has earned credits for good behavior and other programs. The exact date of his release has not been announce.
Bates is currently housed at North Folk Correctional Facility in Sayre.