- Robert Bates, a former reserve deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, was convicted of 2nd degree manslaughter in April 2016.
- He shot and killed Eric Harris during a gun sale sting operation in April 2015.
- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections confirmed to FOX23 he was scheduled to be released mid-October 2017.
- He was released; a judge upheld his judgement and sentence in mid-February
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Former Tulsa County reserve deputy Robert Bates is set to be released from prison October 13, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
He was convicted of 2nd degree manslaughter in 2016 for the shooting death of Eric Harris. Bates was working an undercover operation and said throughout the trial that he mistook his gun for a Taser.
Bates was sentenced to four years in prison.
The family of Eric Harris released the following statement to FOX23:
The Harris family has heard that Bob Bates is likely to be released from prison in mid-October. They trust that Mr. Bates will will be elated to return to his family after serving less than half of his sentence. Of course, Eric Harris will never have the opportunity to see his son Aidan or brother Andre ever again. Mr. Bates abruptly took that opportunity away from Eric with his .357 revolver. Now that Mr. Bates is getting out of Jail, we look forward to prosecuting the civil case against him, Former Sheriff Glanz and the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.
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