Former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday morning after previously being found guilty of raping an unconscious woman in 2013.
Stacey Barchenger of the Tennessean reported the 15-year sentence handed down by Judge Monte Watkins was the minimum term available in the case.
The unnamed female victim, who’s now 24, spoke at the hearing and stated she has no memory of the incident, only learning about what occurred during the investigation.
She also discussed the impact the incident has had on her life, according to the Tennessean:
It will never be possible for anyone to put into words how this has affected me. You will never understand what this has done to me if you aren’t standing in my shoes. The humiliation, the pain, the isolation, being reduced to nothing but a piece of flesh right before your eyes, it does something to you that is truly impossible to describe.
Batey was found guilty in an April retrial of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery along with less severe but related charges, including another count of aggravated sexual battery, facilitation of aggravated rape and two counts attempted aggravated rape, per Barchenger.
Kara Apel of WSMV reported the other charges amounted to eight years of prison time, which he will serve concurrently with the aggravated rape sentence. The report also noted he will serve 100 percent of the sentence.
Three other players were also charged in the case. The Tennessean noted Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty on eight counts in June and is awaiting sentencing in September. Brandon E. Banks and Jaborian McKenzie are awaiting trial after pleading not guilty.
Judge Watkins noted each defendant found guilty in the case would have to register as a sex offender after being released from prison, according to the Tennessean. He also stated he weighed “thousands of cases” before deciding to give Batey the minimum term.
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Source: Bleacher Report CFB