The new afluenza case – The Stanford rapist Brock Turner
First Brock Turner’s father Dan told Judge Persky his conviction was “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20-plus years of life”
Then the mother Carleen Turner writes the Judge a letter which makes no mention of the trauma endured by Turner’s victim, who investigators said he was caught raping outside a frat party on the Stanford campus early in the morning Jan. 18, 2015 but prays the court not to send him to jail because life behind bars will be too rough for him.
Turner’s mother Carleen asked Persky to spare him any time incarcerated at all for the January 2015 assault in a letter to Persky made public Friday.
“I beg of you, please don’t send him to jail/prison,” Carleen Turner wrote. “Look at him. He won’t survive it. He will be damaged forever and I fear he would be a major target. Stanford boy, college kid, college athlete — all the publicity … This would be a death sentence for him.”
The four-page letter from Turner’s mother followed the tone of other pleading letters from the 20-year-old triple-felon’s family members. Turner’s father Dan told Persky his conviction was “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20-plus years of life” and his sister wrote that Turner had become “a shell of his former self, a broken young man.”
She rejected what she called the “many references to Brock being from a wealthy, privileged background” and told Persky her family “will never be happy again.”
“Those happy family times are gone forever, replaced by despair, fear, depression, anxiety, doubt and dread,” she wrote. “Brock is a shattered and broken shell of the person he used to be. My once vibrant and happy boy is distraught, deeply depressed, terribly wounded, and filled with despair. His smile is gone forever — that beautiful grin is no more.”
“He has never been in trouble, never even had a demerit in high school, he studied, swam worked hard,” Turner’s mother wrote. “His dreams have been shattered by this. No NCAA Championships. No Stanford degree, no swimming in the Olympics (and I honestly know he would have made a future team), no medical school, no becoming an Orthopedic surgeon.”