In Boulder, Colorado, a judge has rejected a prosecutor’s request to jail a former University of Colorado student who sexually assaulted an intoxicated female student, sentencing him instead to at least 20 years of probation and two years of a work-release program run through the county jail. The sentencing of the 22-year-old ex-student, Austin James Wilkerson, came only weeks after former Stanford University student Brock Turner was sentenced to just six months in a county jail and probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a fraternity party.
Wilkerson assaulted the female student, then a freshman, after she became intoxicated at a St. Patrick’s Day party, reportedly telling the girl’s friends that he would take care of her. While the victim was quoted as having asked District Judge Patrick Butler to “have as much mercy for the rapist as he did for me that night,” Butler told media that while “Mr. Wilkerson deserves to be punished … I think we all need to find out whether he truly can or cannot be rehabilitated.” In addition to 20 years to life of probation, Wilkerson must participate for two years in a program that requires him to spend nights in the county jail, but grants him leave during the day to go to work or school.
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