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Prosecutor: Brock Turner ran from police during prior run-in with law

39 Brock Turner supporters wrote letters to judge

UPDATE @ 11:08 a.m. (June 9)

Brock Turner ran from police during an incident two months before he sexually assaulted a woman at Stanford University, according to Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci’s sentencing brief obtained by this news organization.

Turner ran when officers approached him and his swim teammates who were drinking beers during a walk to a Stanford University football game, according to the sentencing brief.

According to the June 2, 2016 memorandum, the Nov. 15, 2014 incident is “a prior arrest and pending case.”

A teammate detained by police identified Turner as one of the males he walked with, according to the prosecution. Law enforcement then called Turner by phone and asked him to return, the memo states.

Upon return, Turner wore a bright orange tuxedo and smelled of “the odor of alcohol,” the prosecution said. Turner “admitted to trying to hide” a backpack of beer from deputies, the memorandum states.

“He said it was a split-second decision and he regretted making it,” the prosecution wrote.

UPDATE @ 5:40 p.m. (June 8)

Oakwood City Schools has issued a statement and apology from a guidance counselor who wrote a letter to the judge on behalf of former student Brock Turner.

The statement released today by Superintendent Kyle Ramey said the district is shocked and saddened by Turner’s behavior, and that the district learned that comments were written by Kelly Owens, a guidance counselor at Oakwood High School, on behalf of Turner.

Owens submitted an apology to the district, which stated: “In the statement I submitted to the judge during the criminal proceedings and before sentencing referencing Brock’s character, I made a mistake. Of course he should be held accountable. I pray for the victim, her family and all those affected by this horrible event. I am truly sorry for the additional pain my statement has caused. I tell my students they have to be accountable, and Brock is no exception.”

In her letter to the judge, she called Turner “a young man of character, integrity.” She said that he “seeks opportunities to help others, and is absolutely undeserving of the outcome” in the sexual assault trial, the San Jose (California) Mercury News reported.

Ramey said the district was not aware of Owens’ letter, and that it does not reflect the view of the district or Oakwood Board of Education.

UPDATE @ 3 p.m. (June 8)

An Oakwood judge who was one of at least 39 individuals to write letters of support before Brock Turner’s sexual assault sentencing says she has received threats at work as a result.

Oakwood Municipal Court Judge Margaret M. Quinn, a former federal prosecutor, called for other options than prison in her letter of support.

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“There is no doubt Brock made a mistake that night — he made a mistake in drinking excessively to the point where he could not fully appreciate that his female acquaintance was so intoxicated. I know Brock did not go to that party intending to hurt, or entice, or overpower anyone,” the judge wrote.

Turner was unanimously found guilty by jury in a behind-the-dumpster sexual assault of an intoxicated, unconscious woman at Stanford University in January 2015.

Social media reaction to Turner’s six-month sentence in county jail has been harsh, but Quinn said, “I haven’t read any reaction to my letter. If people wanted to do some good instead of being so hateful, they would look at the whole cultural situation and how change could be affected on campuses. It’s a sad situation for everyone. There’s a lot more to this story that what is on social media.”

On the letter she wrote, Quinn said: “You say something and it’s torn apart and all blown the wrong way. I don’t want to say anymore because I have had threats at work. I do hope somebody searches for the truth and the bigger story in all this.”

UPDATE @ 1 p.m., June 8

At least 39 individuals — including several Dayton area residents — wrote letters of support ahead of Brock Turner’s sentencing, according to WHIO-TV’s network affiliate, CBS News.

Turner himself wrote to the judge a letter acknowledging his impairment on the night he assaulted an unconscious, intoxicated woman at Stanford University.

“I would give anything to change what happened that night,” Turner wrote in the document obtained by CBS News. “I made a mistake, I drank too much, and my decisions hurt someone.”

CBS News reports the victim in the case told court officials her hopes for Turner’s punishment.

“I want him to be punished, but as a human, I just want him to get better,” she said, according to CBS News. “He doesn’t need to be behind bars.”

At sentencing, the victim would later say her statements were “slimmed down to distortion and taken out of context.”

The San Jose Mercury News reported letters were received by Oakwood Municipal Court Judge Margaret Quinn and Dean Olsen, Wright State University aerospace medicine residency program director.

ORIGINAL REPORT

Ex-Oakwood swimmer Brock Turner’s defense team prepared an arsenal of support ahead of his sentencing, including letters from a Wright State University doctor, a high school guidance counselor and an Oakwood judge, a new report shows.

Meanwhile, prosecutors argued Turner was dishonest to a California judge about his apparent use of illicit drugs while a student at Stanford University and Oakwood High School, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

>> MORE: Ex-NCR Corp. official defends Brock Turner, family

Turner was unanimously found guilty by jury in a behind-the-dumpster sexual assault of an intoxicated, unconscious woman at Stanford University in January 2015.

Other letters authored by supporters of Turner, the San Jose Mercury News reported, included:

  • Oakwood High School guidance counselor Kelly D. Owens said Turner is “a young man of character, integrity” and “seeks opportunities to help others, and is absolutely undeserving of the outcome” in the sexual assault trial;
  • Dean Olsen, Wright State University aerospace medicine residency program director, expressed concern that a “fragile” Turner would be damaged by incarceration and likely end up “malignantly hardened toward society.”

Reached by phone this morning, Owens declined to discuss the case.

“I really don’t want to talk about it,” Owens said.

This news organization left messages this morning with staff for Olson.

Court documents show Turner told the judge that “coming from a small town in Ohio, I had never really experienced celebrating or partying that involved alcohol.”

But prosecutors, using Turner’s own text messages and photos, provided the judge with background on Turner’s exposure to drugs and alcohol at Oakwood High School, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Those texts show Turner and an apparent acquaintance discussed what the friend called “a hankerin for a good acid trip” on Christmas Eve 2014, several weeks before the assault.

“I’m down for sure,” Turner replied to the friend.

Prosecutors told the judge a cell phone video captured several days later shows Turner “smoking from a bong and drinking out of a bottle of liquor immediately after,” according to the San Jose Mercury News.

>>MORE COVERAGE: Stanford: Turner given ‘harshest sanction’ school could give

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