"The fact of the matter is it's uncommon to go to prison when the defendant has pled guilty and has no prior criminal record," said Ehlke.
Monaco-Wilcox who practices law said that does not have to be the case. The judge could have given a much harsher sentence because of the violent nature and the multiple victims.
"Where the failure really, I'm sorry to say this, is with the judge. Who in an attempt to try to be 'fair' decided to weigh Mr. Cook's lack of a criminal record against the fact that these women's lives are destroyed," said Monaco-Wilcox.
Cook's former professor Janet Hyde worries when he gets out of prison he will still be a threat to the community.
"I think it's not only a question of justice. It's a question of protecting the community," said Hyde.
The judge also only sentenced Cook to register as a sex offender for 15 years instead of life. That means he will no longer be on the sex offender register after he is 40-years-old.