Former Vanderbilt football player sentenced to 17 years in rape case – CBS sports.com (blog)

Another aggressor in the Vanderbilt rape case has been given his sentencing.

Former Commodores football player Brandon Vandenburg was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Friday for encouraging and recording an act of rape in a dorm room in 2013. The incident involved an unconscious female student along with Vandenburg and three other members of the football team — Corey Batey, Jaborian McKenzie and Brandon Banks.

Batey was sentenced to 15 years in prison in July. Banks and McKenzie are out on bond and awaiting results of their legal procedures.

In all, Vandenburg, who could have faced up to 25 years in prison, is facing eight counts including aggravated rape, aggravated sexual battery and unlawful photography. According to surveillance video and testimonies, Vandenburg carried the unconscious victim to his dorm room, where he filmed and participated in the assault.

The victim, who had dated Vandenberg before the attack, was not in attendance for the sentencing, but did offer a statement read through a prosecutor.

“Please do not use my absence as an excuse for leniency, as it in no way diminishes the profound and insidious impact of Mr. Vandenburg on me and my life,” it said (via ESPN). “I still ask that he receive the full sentence allowed under the law for orchestrating a sustained 30-minute gang rape against me, a defenseless woman who trusted him. The minimum sentence is not enough for what this man did to me.”

Vandenburg was initially found guilty of his charges in 2015, but the verdict was overturned due to a mistrial involving a juror failing to disclose he was a victim of sexual assault. He was convicted again during his second trial this past year.

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