The California judge criticized for handing down what many saw as a too-light sentence to a former Stanford student convicted of sexual assault has received threats against him and his family, NBC News reported.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky on Thursday sentenced 20-year-old Brock Turner to six months in prison and three years' probation for raping an unconscious woman outside a frat party last year. He will also have to register as a sex offender for life.
Since the sentence and the resulting furor online and elsewhere, "more than a handful" of anonymous callers have phoned court staff with insulting or threatening messages, said Gary Goodman, a deputy public defender with the county.
"A lot of them are extremely rude and are just horrible and horrific ... I hope you die and your family gets raped, things of that nature," Goodman said. "You've got to be out of your mind to talk that way."