Former Stanford swimmer Brock Allen Turner faced up to 14 years in prison from the multiple felonies he was changed with in connection to the sexual assault of a woman. However, Judge Aaron Persky ruled Turner would serve six months in prison, fearing a longer sentence would have a “severe impact on him,” according to The Guardian.
On the day Turner was sentenced (he was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object, his now 23-year-old victim shared her full testimony and told Buzzfeed she was unhappy with the “gentle” sentence.
Now a letter by the 20-year-old Turner’s father, Dan Turner, has surfaced. The note was written before his son’s sentencing and spoke of Brock’s character.
“Brock has an easygoing personality that endears him to almost everyone he meets,” Dan writes. “I have never seen Brock raise his voice to anyone and he doesn’t pre-judge anyone. He accepts them for who they are no more, no less.”
According to the letter, Turner had trouble adjusting college life and being homesick. During his first year at school, he expressed his stress to his parents.
“When Brock was home during Christmas break, he broke down and told us how much he was struggling to fit in socially and the fact that he did not like being so far from home,” the letter reads. “Brock was nearly distraught knowing that he had to return early from Christmas break for swimming training camp. We even questioned whether it was the right move to send him back to Stanford for the winter quarter. In hindsight, it’s clear that Brock was desperately trying to fit in at Stanford and fell into the culture of alcohol consumption and partying. This culture was modeled by many of the upperclassmen on the swim team and played a role in the events of Jan 17th and 18th 2015.”
He asked the judge to forego a prison sentence in favor of probation.
“These verdicts have broken and shattered him and our family in so many ways,” Dan writes. “His life will never be the one he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve. This is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”
His six-month sentence has been a hot topic since it was announced earlier this month.
“Even if the sentence is light, hopefully this will wake people up,” the victim told Buzzfeed. “I want the judge to know that he ignited a tiny fire. If anything, this is a reason for all of us to speak louder.”