A former Stanford University swimmer was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail and three years probation for sexually assaulting a woman on campus in January 2015.
Brock Turner, 20, was facing up to 10 years in prison for the rape of the unconscious, intoxicated woman after a fraternity party at the Palo Alto campus. He was taken into custody immediately after the sentencing.
Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen was disappointed in the sentence handed down by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, saying Turner should have been sent to prison.
"The punishment does not fit the crime," Rosen said in a statement. "The predatory offender has failed to take responsibility, failed to show remorse and failed to tell the truth. The sentence does not factor in the true seriousness of this sexual assault or the victim’s ongoing trauma. Campus rape is no different than off-campus rape. Rape is rape. And I will prosecute it as such."
Turner's father, coincidentally, also feels that the punishment does not fit the crime.
Just "20 minutes of action" should not justify a stint in jail, Dan Turner wrote in a letter to the court asking that his son, Brock Allen Turner, get probation instead of time behind bars. A Stanford professor tweeted out the letter.
Turner could be out of jail in about three months, at which time he must complete three years of probation.
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