After over three years of court proceedings and sentencing, a California appeals court rejected the appeal of Brock Turner, in a unanimous judgment.

Last month, Turner’s lawyer, Eric Multhaup had argued before the 6th District Court of Appeal that there was lack of sufficient evidence to support the three convictions against Turner.

Turner, who sought to overturn his convictions stemming from a famous 2015 sexual assault of an unconscious woman, must now finish out his sentence and permanently register as a sex offender in result of the judgment.

Turner was charged in 2016 of three counts of felony sexual assault for which the prosecution asked for a minimum six-year sentence. This was denied, and Turner was sentenced to six months in county jail, of which he served three because of overcrowding, and three years probation. This decision sparked an outrage, causing millions people around the world to protest the sentencing, claiming it to be lenient.

Many wrote letters to Turner and others involved, with Judge Aaron Perksy, who oversaw the case, targeted especially. A majority of the protestors challenged his sentencing, arguing that it was too lenient as the result of judicial bias by the judge who himself is not only a white male, but Stanford lacrosse alum. Perksy has been recalled by voters as of June.

The victim’s 2016 statement also gained traction as an incredibly brave and encouraging letter to other victims and future prosecutors. Within three days, the statement had gained over 8 million views and has even been presented at the United Nations.

The response lead to two bills made into laws in 2016 to define ‘rape’ and ensure minimum sentencing for offenders.

As for Turner, he had been at Stanford on a swimming scholarship and been preparing to join the USA Olympic team for the 2016 Rio games. USA Swimming has since stated that he would not be eligible for membership if he sought to reapply and would not be permitted in its ranks again under the zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct.

Turner has finished his time in county jail and is currently on probation in his parent’s Santa Clara home. 

McKenna Uhde