Albert N. Wilson is facing heavy charges after being judged by an all-white jury, while Wilson claims that he never had intercourse with the girl.
A college student went to a bar with his friends, and he met a girl who was visiting her family member. While both the boy and the girl were underage, and under the influence when they decided to go to the boy's apartment, the aftermath of it all has changed their lives.
According to Lawrence-Journal World, Albert N. Wilson has no criminal history and also claimed that he did not have intercourse with the girl. On Wednesday (April 3rd), Wilson was sentenced to 12 years in prison for rape and a lifetime of probation after being convicted by an all-white jury. Wilson maintained that they had only kissed.
Albert N. Wilson is a prime example of how the lynching of heterosexual Black men hasn't stopped. Having an all-White jury sentencing a Black man (Albert N. Wilson) 12 years in prison for a rape of a White woman that allegedly never occurred is a form of modern day lynching.— Wesley Nkohla (@WarlockWesley) 11 April 2019
The incident took place in November 2016, Wilson was 20 years old at the time when he met a girl who was 17-years old. She was visiting her cousin who attended KU. Both underage, Wilson used a friend’s ID to get into the bar, while the young woman and her cousin weren’t carded.
Black twitter!!! What are we gonna do about this??? #AlbertNWilson They giving this boy 12 years behind an alleged rape that apparently never even took place according to the rape kit. This case is wild. I’m still gathering the facts. Please help me process & understand this pic.twitter.com/JbZvzAC7pc— AveryLuke (@averyluke217) 6 April 2019
Both the parties agreed that they met while heading to the dance floor at a local bar just outside of college campus - Jayhawk Cafe. They danced with one another and then began kissing.
Shortly after, Wilson invited the girl back to his place, which was walking distance from the bar. Wilson claimed that they never engaged in sexual intercourse, and they both shortly returned to the bar to meet up with friends.
Albert N. Wilson, a former University of Kansas student, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and a lifetime of probation after being convicted by an all-white jury of... https://t.co/X36ugMsD9Q— Black News (@BlackNews) 10 April 2019
While The 'victim' claims that she was forced to leave the bar but surveillance footage shows that she left the bar with Wilson willingly. She also claimed that Mr. Wilson raped her at his apartment, but there was no DNA evidence after swabs were collected from the girl hours after the claimed sexual encounter.
For a person with no criminal history — as in Wilson’s case — Wilson’s sentence is the lowest end of what’s called for by Kansas sentencing guidelines for rape. His appointed attorney, Forrest Lowry, had asked the judge to depart from sentencing guidelines and grant Wilson probation, or at least a shorter prison sentence, but that request was denied.
Lawrence-Journal World reports that more than two dozen supporters of Wilson attended the hearing. Several friends and relatives spoke on his behalf, describing a “selfless” young man with good character, a good work ethic and big goals for his life.
Lowry stated that the former student wasn’t the man he was painted to be in the trial. The now 23-year-old was a Wichita Southeast High School football player with no criminal record. He earned his associate degree from a community college before transferring to KU and had dreams of becoming a sports journalist.
“It was a chance meeting. Obviously, my client misread what was going on,” Lowry said in court. “…If there was ever a case that deserved a departure of any kind, I think this is it.”
The case has gained attention, including supporters creating a website detailing some questionable aspects of the incident. Video surveillance showed the two engaging with one another throughout their encounter and that they were only at the apartment for five minutes before they headed back to the bar.
Many have questioned why Wilson was given a lengthy sentence but actual convicted rapists like Brock Turner - who is white - were given lighter sentences.