A former University of Colorado student avoided prison time when a judge sentenced him on a sexual assault conviction, leading critics on Thursday to compare his case with the light sentence for ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner.

Boulder District Judge Patrick Butler sentenced Austin James Wilkerson Wednesday to 20 years to life on probation and two years of work or school release, which requires him to sit in jail only at night, the Daily Camera reported.

Investigators said Wilkerson sexually assaulted a fellow student on March 15, 2014, telling her friends he would care for her after she drank too much at a St. Patrick’s Day party. The 22-year-old reportedly admitted he “digitally and orally penetrated” his victim when he “wasn’t getting much of a response from her.”

The crime ranked as a Class 3 felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison, but Butler chose to book Wilkerson into the Boulder County Jail, despite requests from the victim and prosecutors that he serve time in prison.

In Colorado, the charge could have resulted in indeterminate prison sentencing, barring his release until officials deemed him fit, according to the Daily Camera. 

The light sentencing of Wilkerson, a former student athlete like Turner, provoked an eruption on social media from people across the country who quickly condemned Butler’s decision to forego a harsher punishment.

Turner similarly dodged prison time when Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced the 20-year-old to six months in county jail and three years’ probation after the accuser read the court an emotional statement that ultimately went viral.

Turner sexually assaulted the unconscious woman on campus after a party. His punishment also was widely decried as a slap on the wrist, FoxNews.com reported.

“We will never make progress on sexual assault if offenders go unpunished,” Boulder City Councilman Aaron Brockett tweeted