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instead, at Turner’s June hearing, Judge Aaron Persky gave him six months behind bars, three years of probation and lifetime sex offender registration.
Before Persky handed down the sentence, the 23-year-old victim read a 12-page letter she’d written and asked the judge not to be lenient.
It didn’t work.
“A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him… I think he will not be a danger to others,” said Persky.
Persky has since been removed from another sex assault case, and the Santa Clara County District Attorney said he was partly due to the fact that Persky dismissed a misdemeanor stolen mail case in the middle of the trial.
“We are disappointed and puzzled at Judge Persky's unusual decision to unilaterally dismiss a case before the jury could deliberate,” said Jeff Rosen, the Santa Clara District Attorney. “After this and the recent turn of events, we lack confidence that Judge Persky can fairly participate in this upcoming hearing in which a male nurse sexually assaulted an anesthetized female patient,” Rosen said.
Turner’s ex-girlfriend had also written the court a letter. In it, she claimed that Turner is simply a “kind, loving, respectful, relaxed, silently hilarious, and determined individual,” and said, “kind, loving, respectful, relaxed, silently hilarious, and determined individual. I will forever wish the memory of having to write this goes away, I pray everyday [sic] for only the best for my dear friend and I live every day in fear of June 2nd, for the best guy I have ever gotten to know may be taken away from me.”
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Convicted sex offender Brock Turner received a six-month jail sentence for 3 felonies he committed in January of 2015.
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