The mother of Brock Turner begged the judge in his rape case not to send her son to prison because "it would kill him."
Carleen Turner, whose son was convicted of raping an unconscious woman on the Stanford University campus, told Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky in a letter that her son's "dreams have been shattered by this" and, therefor, should not be sent to prison.
“I beg of you, please don’t send him to jail/prison. 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,” Turner wrote, according to newly released court documents. “This would be a death sentence for him.”
Turner also referenced the widespread criticism that her son is being treated better than a defendant of a more modest background would be.
“There have been many references to Brock being from a wealthy, privileged background and he thinks he is entitled. Your honor, this could not be further from the truth,” Turner said. “We do NOT come from money, rather the opposite.”
Turner told the judge her son "has lived an exemplary life."
“He has never been in trouble, never even had a demerit in high school, he studied, swam worked hard,” the 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 orthpedic surgeon."
To the outrage of many, Turner's son was sentenced to six months in jail last week, rather than the six years recommended by prosecutors.