The Story of Albert Wilson

Photo by: Sara Shepherd/Journal-World File Photo

Two similar cases with vastly different results

Brock Allen Turner’s booking photo

Facts about Turner’s case

  • There were two witnesses — who I applaud for their heroism and immediate action — Swedish graduate students, Peter Lars Jonsson and Carl-Fredrik Arndt saw Turner on top of Miller. Turner tried escaping, but he was apprehended by Jonsson & Arndt until cops arrived.
  • Miller’s DNA was found on the left and right hands of Turner as well as under the fingernails of his right fingers.
  • Turner was sentenced to six months (instead of the 2–6 years minimum recommendations). He only served three of the six months with three-years of probation.
  • Turner was required to register as a sex offender and currently resides with his parents earning minimum wage.

Facts about Wilson’s case

  • No evidence of pubic hair or bodily fluids around the vaginal region. DNA from Wilson was discovered on the accusers chest to which Wilson admitted to kissing her there.
  • Photos of bruises were taken on her inner thighs and presented as evidence.
  • Wilson had a court appointed attorney.
  • Wilson was charged with two counts of rape. One count was ultimately dropped since there was no overwhelming evidence.
  • There were no witnesses during the alleged attack that took place in the basement of the bar, nor the time Wilson and Ruby spent walking to and from and at Wilson’s house.
  • Wilson was sentenced to 12-years in prison with a lifetime of supervision post-release.
  • His earliest possible release date as it stands is May 1, 2029.

Turner got off light

The father of Brock Turner’s letter to the courts

“20 minutes of action”

Wilson was handed a heavy sentence

A step-by-step account of what occurred that night

Wilson and Ruby entering the bar

Wilson and Ruby at the bar

“I never said yes, or that I wanted that,” she said. “I was really drunk. I just, kind of, was there.”

Wilson and Ruby leaving the bar

The call to his friend

The events at Wilson’s house

Wilson’s friend returns his call

Returning to the bar

The aftermath

“I told the police I didn’t remember because I didn’t want to say anything to incriminate myself at that time” — Albert Wilson during his testimony in court

Cultural norms need to change

Legal oversight

Time discrepancies

Reconciling racial discrimination and believing in women

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Anthony Chin

Anthony Chin

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Writer, music artist, political commentator, and amateur sports bettor from South Florida. Feel free to follow.