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Prior to being sentenced, the mother of convicted rapist, Brock Turner, wrote an impassioned letter to the judge presiding over the case, claiming her son “will never know happiness again”.
Judge Aaron Persky gave Carleen Turner the opportunity to write a letter, introducing the “REAL” Brock Turner, where she painted him as the real victim of the whole situation.
“Thank-you for the opportunity to write a letter and introduce you to my son, Brock Turner- the REAL Brock Allen Turner,” his mother wrote.
“I am abundantly proud to call him my son; he is my heart, my soul, and brings me great joy…He always had a smile on his face, a shy grin that was so endearing. I use past tense in referring to his smile because since the verdict, he has not smiled. The expression on his face is one of pure pain and anguish. It is heart-breaking.”
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Turner goes on to write about her son’s childhood, where he was the boy with a “strict work ethic and drive”. As a scout, he would sell popcorn around the neighbourhood and once sat with a 90-year-old lady and just talked to her.
She paints Turner as the idyllic child: hard-working, polite, respectful.
“He wasn’t a kid to pound the water, to shove a fist up in the air to celebrate loudly- he never, ever did that,” she wrote about his attitude towards swimming. “When he won a race, he always waited for every swimmer to finish and he would shake everyone’s hand. He was never arrogant, cocky, or boastful.”
“…Brock made many sacrifices while in high school due to the demands of the swimming schedule; the only football games he attended were Homecoming and he never attended a basketball game. He missed out on many social activities as well. He did hang out with his swimmer friends on weekends but because of their early mornings, they were never out late.
“He has a very kind and thoughtful side to him. He always went out of his way to do special things for his girlfriend. Asking a girl to the dances is a big deal around here.
“For Homecoming senior year, we had a new black lab puppy and [she] just loved the pup. Brock put a sign around Zeke’s neck with “Homecoming?” on it-that was how he asked her and [she] loved it. However, his ‘prom-posal’ was the talk of their class; Brock knew [she] had big expectations and he was having a tough time coming up with a good way to ask her.