Ex-reserve deputy convicted of Eric Harris killing set for early release in October

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 31, 2016 file photo, Robert Bates, a former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot Eric Harris, an unarmed suspect in 2015, is escorted from the courtroom following his sentencing at the courthouse in Tulsa, Okla. That shooting led to the temporary suspension of the reserve deputy program after a report found poor training of the volunteer officers, a lack of oversight, and cronyism. Bates is appealing his conviction. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

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.

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