Former Stanford swimmer Brock TurnerÂ receivedÂ a 6 month jail sentence for sexually assaultingÂ a fellow female student because the judge deemed the trial itself as enough of a punishment, according to new reports.
TheÂ presiding judgeÂ of Santa Clara County, Aaron Persky, concluded what many are calling a â€œslap on the wristâ€ as sufficientÂ because media attention and legal proceedings were already stressful and disciplinary for Turner.
The ex-Stanford swimmer blamed the universityâ€™s â€œparty cultureâ€ and the pervasive temptations from booze that permeate social life on campus, according to a letter he sent to the judge prior to the sentencing
Turner has not admitted that he sexually assaulted the woman, despite the guilty verdict. Both the victim and the prosecutor highlighted the feigned apology and what they consider a blatant lack of remorse during the trial.
Persky saidÂ the 39 character references helped convince himÂ that Turner deserved a shorter sentence. Persky citedÂ one in particularÂ â€”Â from friend Leslie Rasmussen â€” as one that stood out. â€œIt sort of corroborates the evidence of his character up until the night of this incident, which has been positive,â€ the judgeÂ said.
New Report Details Why Ex-Stanford Swimmer Was Given 6-Month Sentence For Sexual Assault