This is the face of a rapist, as Brock Turner’s mugshot has been finally been released following a social media firestorm. The Stanford University swimmer got an insanely light sentence for raping an unconscious woman and now the world is outraged.
This is the most disgusting legal outcome we can remember. We’re finally getting a look at the mugshot of Brock Turner, 20, who was convicted on three felony counts of raping a woman after she passed out near a party on the Stanford University campus. Prosecutors asked for six years in prison but a judge gave him only six months in county jail. Keep reading for more on why this case has made national headlines and why it took so long for the booking photo to be released.
Despite an incredibly powerful 12 page victim impact statement from the young woman he raped, judge Aaron Perksy, cited the former Stanford star swimmer’s age and his lack of a criminal record as factors in his insanely light sentence, saying, “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him…I think he will not be a danger to others.” Um, WHAT?! Since when does the legal system give care and thought to what prison might do to a rapist, instead of what the rapist did to his victim?!
The media in the Bay Area has been fighting hard to make the mugshot public, as in most cases those are easily available through public request. The move by authorities to not provide it was seen as trying to preserve Brock’s reputation, because the only photo released to the press during the trial was a yearbook picture of him smiling in a suit and tie. Not exactly the look of someone who would commit such a heinous crime.
Brock’s father added fuel to the fire when he told the judge prior to sentencing that, “These verdicts have broken and shattered him and our family in so many ways,” he wrote in his letter. “His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve. That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”
Umm, 20 minutes of his life was spent raping an unconscious woman until two witnesses caught him and chased him down! He deserved to spend hard time in prison to learn that sexual assault is a serious crime, now he just got a slap on the wrist as he could serve only three months with good behavior in jail. Ugh, so disgusting.
HollywoodLifers, are you outraged about Brock’s light sentence? Do you think he got special treatment because he was a wealthy athlete?