Brock Allen Turner is only serving three months of his six-month sentence, and will be released this Friday
On January 18th, 2014, 19-year-old Brock Allen Turner was arrested after a couple of students on bikes spotted Turner thrusting his body on top of a half naked, unconscious woman behind a dumpster on the Stanford University grounds. The students tackled Turner after he attempted to run, and called police. When the police were interviewing the men, one was crying so hard he could barely speak because of what he had seen.
He was caught in the act. He was arrested and charged with five felony counts: rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person, sexual penetration by a foreign object of an intoxicated woman, sexual penetration by a foreign object of an unconscious woman, and assault with intent to commit rape. He was released from jail on $150,000 bail.
He was found guilty of three of the five felonies he was charged with: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person, and penetration of an unconscious person.
Then Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced him to six months in Santa Clara County jail. He was facing a maximum sentence of 14 years.
With good behavior, he was expected to serve three months. And he has. He will be released this Friday.
That’s right, Brock Turner, rapist, gets charged with three felony counts and will walk out of a county jail three months later. Just in time to join his despicable family for a nice long, Labor Day weekend. Remember Turner’s dad’s letter to the judge? We’ll refresh your memory: it had a lot to do with Brock’s loss of appetite since he became a rapist, and how sad it was making everyone in the family: “I was always excited to buy a big ribeye steak to grill or to get his favorite snack for him… Now he barely consumes any food and eats only to exist.” Mom was upset that she couldn’t redecorate their new home because she was so beside herself about her son’s arrest. Neither parent mentioned the woman he attacked, or expressed remorse for their son’s actions.
The judge in the case had sensible people everywhere ready to throw their computers out the window. “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him … I think he will not be a danger to others,” Judge Persky said during the sentencing. A severe impact on him. Yeah. Wouldn’t want to ruin a rapist’s chances at a gleeful, productive life by making him — oh, I don’t know — PAY FOR THE CRIME HE COMMITTED WITH JAIL TIME. LIKE EVERY OTHER FUCKING CRIMINAL WHO’S BEEN CONVICTED.
“I noticed that he was smiling. So I said, ‘Why are you smiling? Stop smiling,’” testified Peter Jonsson, one of two Stanford graduate students tackled Turner when they caught him assaulting an unconscious woman. “I was laughing at the situation of how ridiculous it was,” he testified, according to the documents.
We have to tell our daughters every day how important and valued they are. Because our justice system certainly will not.