Former Vanderbilt player sentenced to 15 years for dorm rape
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt football player has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping an unconscious female student.
A criminal judge handed down the sentence for Cory Batey on Friday after the victim said her life was shattered as a result of the rape.
The woman was a neuroscience and economics major when she was assaulted in a dorm on the Nashville campus in June of 2013. Four former football players were charged.
The sentencing comes amid widespread furor over a Stanford University swimmer who was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on a college campus.
Batey was convicted in April of aggravated rape, which carries a sentence of 15 to 25 years. Prosecutors asked for the maximum, saying the punishment would send a message about campus rapes.Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt University football player convicted of raping an unconscious woman with his teammates in 2013 is facing a minimum of 15 years in prison at his sentencing hearing Friday morning.
Cory Batey, one of four players charged with raping the woman at Vanderbilt, was convicted in April of aggravated rape, which carries a minimum 15-year sentence in Tennessee.
He and Brandon Vandenburg were convicted last year, but the verdicts were tossed because a juror did not reveal he was a victim of statutory rape. They have both been convicted a second time. Two other players are awaiting trial.