Former Stanford Swimmer Brock Turner Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail

Having been found guilty of three felony sexual assault charges stemming from an on-campus incident taking place in January 2015, former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner was handed his sentence today in California.

Turner, who was a freshman on the Stanford swimming roster during the 2014-2015 season, was arrested in January of 2015 after being found on top of an unconscious woman near a fraternity house on the Stanford campus.

The victim was a 23-year-old woman who had graduated from a different school, but visited a fraternity party at Stanford with her sister and some friends. She testified that she had no memory of the events of the night after drinking at the party. Two bikers, who found Turner on top of her and confronted him, testified that Turner tried to run, and that the woman was unconscious.

After deliberating for two days, the jury found Turner guilty of all three charges: assault with the intent to commit rape, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person and sexual penetration of an unconscious person.

A punishment of up to 10 years in prison could have been sought by the prosecution for the guilty verdicts, however, the prosecution reportedly asked the judge to sentence Turner to six years in a California prison.

Reportedly leaning toward the probation officials’ recommendation of a lesser penalty, Turner was sentenced to six months in county jail and probation, per The Guardian

The judge presiding over the case, Aaron Persky, pointed to Turner’s age and lack of criminal history in the decision to issue a 6 month county jail sentence.  “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him … I think he will not be a danger to others.”

After the sentencing was announced, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen stated that “the punishment does not fit the crime.”

At the hearing, the 23-year-old victim stated to the court, “We cannot forgive everyone’s first sexual assault … The seriousness of rape has to be communicated clearly. We should not create a culture that suggests we learn that rape is wrong through trial and error.”

Addressing Turner directly, the victim stated, “You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today. I am a human being who has been irreversibly hurt.”

For his part, Turner vocalized a short statement, “Nobody deserves a single second of what I have caused them to go through … I want to express that I’m sorry for everything.” (The Guardian)

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Six months? This is ridiculous! A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him? Poor baby! As compared to what the rape did to his victim. What was the judge thinking? He is not a danger to anyone? He has proven himself to be dangerous. The victim spoke very eloquently and I agree that this sentence does not fit the crime. Three felony convictions should get someone more than 6 months in jail. This jerk received a gift from the judge and I hope he turns his life around.


He’s a swimmer at Stanford, I’m assuming that he got drunk at a party and made a couple mistakes. It’s proven that the US prison system does not rehabilitate its occupants like it does in other countries. Any longer than 6 months and he would probably be a multi time offender

Pau Hana

Rape is not a “mistake.” It’s a violent felony.


not saying what he did was right….but he did not commit rape. it was intent to commit rape. Likely was the sentence was reduced.


No, he definitely penetrated her. She got a physical directly afterwards also.


It was rape.


Do it to the judge….maybe he’ll change his mind


This is, without a doubt, the most abhorrent comment ever posted on this site. Please educate yourself on the realities of sexual assault and rape.

Justin T

Spoken like a rapist sympathizer.


For your desperate need for information, they call it digital RAPE for a reason! It IS RAPE.


Thanks for posting. Anyone who wants to change our rape culture and comments on this page needs to read the victim’s statement.


Incredibly well written and such a powerful statement from the victim ( unlike the Dad’s letter). I’m hoping many young woman and men read her statement.

Lisa Dvorsky

Yeah. This kind of mentality scares me more than the assaultant. Since when does being a swimmer for Stanford negate violent criminal behavior. You frat boy-types are savage animals.


He already will be, just like Joran Van der sloot


Dirt bag
Writing the judge to complain
He deserves far more for whst he did
Total scum bag


I’ve worked in the criminal justice system for 15 years and believe it or not this is more incarceration time than most first time offenders get in these cases.

Steve Nolan

Which is unfortunate, I feel.

James Bogen

I think it depends on what jurisdiction you are in. Where I practice law, anybody convicted by a jury of charges like this would get prison time.

James Bogen

And by prison time I mean something significantly more than the minimum.

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