Ex-Vanderbilt Player Gets 15 Years for Rape

     NASHVILLE (CN) — Former Vanderbilt University football player Cory Batey was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for the aggravated rape of an unconscious woman in a dorm room.
     Batey, 22, was convicted in April during a retrial. His previous convictions in the case were set aside when Judge Monte Watkins declared a mistrial last June, after finding that a juror failed to disclose that he was the key witness and named victim in an unrelated statutory-rape case.
     Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, as well as two others yet to face trial, were accused of raping a female Vanderbilt student in Vandenburg’s Gillette House dorm room in the early morning hours of June 23, 2013. All four men were kicked off the Vanderbilt Commodores football team after the allegations.
     Jurors in Batey’s retrial found him guilty of one count of aggravated rape. Four other counts of aggravated rape were reduced to lesser-included offenses, including attempted aggravated rape, facilitation of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery.
     Fifteen years was the mandatory minimum for Batey’s sentencing. He could have been sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in prison.
     Vandenburg was also convicted during a retrial last month. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 30.
     The two others charged in the case, Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and Brandon Banks, have not had their trials scheduled yet. They both agreed to testify for the state but only McKenzie actually did.

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