People are rejecting the sentencing of former #UniversityofKansas student Albert N. Wilson for a rape he claims he did not commit. Wilson was sentenced by an all-white jury to 12 years in prison and a lifetime of probation for a September 2016 incident involving an underage student.

Wilson met the girl who was visiting a family member who attended KU in line at a club. The two were both under 21 at the time and intoxicated when they left the bar to go back to Wilson’s apartment, @Bet reports.



Wilson admits they engaged in sexual acts but says they never actually had intercourse and Kansas Bureau of Investigation scientists testified that Wilson’s DNA was found on the girl’s chest via Wilson’s saliva when he kissed her, but no DNA from seminal fluid was found. Wilson added that he felt like he was targeted by police since the beginning of the investigation because he’s black.

The case gained national attention as questions started to arise about the young woman’s story, particularly because surveillance footage reportedly shows the two were only at Wilson’s apartment for five minutes before returning to the bar.

During the trial, Wilson initially said he didn’t remember all of the details of the night, but implied that police were against him from the get go because of his race.

“I don’t know how to explain this, but I come from a different background than you, ma’am,” said Wilson to Judge Sally Pokorny, who is white. “… I just felt like the police [were] against me at that point.”

After a six-hour deliberation, the all-white jury convicted Wilson of rape. Wilson was subsequently given the reported lowest end of what’s called for by Kansas sentencing guidelines for rape because of his clean record.

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