Parents of ex-UW-Madison student ask for redemption

The former student faces up to 40 years in prison
Posted at 9:19 AM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-20 10:21:26-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The parents of a former University of Wisconsin-Madison student are asking a judge to give their son a chance at redemption when he is sentenced for a string of alleged assaults around campus.

Alec Cook's parents, Arne and Jessica Cook of Edina, Minnesota, said in a letter to the judge Tuesday that they believe their son's accusers.

In their letter, the Cooks tell the women that their son "was wrong, and we are sorry."

The 22-year-old former UW-Madison business student is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty earlier to three counts of third-degree sexual assault. He also pleaded guilty to strangulation and stalking charges.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports one of the women urged the judge to give Alec Cook the maximum sentence allowed by law -- up to nearly 40 years in prison.