Ex-Vandy player gets 15 years for rape

Ex-Vandy player gets 15 years for rape

Ex-Vandy player gets 15 years for rape

The Associated Press does not generally identify victims of sexual assault.

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.

Batey's mother described her now 22-year-old son as a sweet child, who made a mistake.

Judge Monte Watkins, presiding over the case, called it "one of the saddest cases that I have ever encountered, and I've been in the legal business for 32 years".

"It's hard for me to stand here on display and speak to you today about the impact this has had on my life", the victim began, speaking in a Nashville, Tennessee, courtroom. Fifteen years is the minimum sentence possible for the charges Batey faced.

"The court can't sentence someone to consecutive sentencing without finding factors that exist in the law, and none of them exist for Mr. Batey", Todd said. She spoke on his behalf, asking the judge to show mercy.

"I was fearful of giving a victim impact statement at all because I know that after three years and everything that has happened, I could never do it justice". As a result, she said she feels the attack on her continues throughout every new court proceeding. She said the rape was "real out of character for Cory".

The victims said Batey violated her sexually in multiple ways, but it didn't end there.

"I am deeply and sincerely sorry for my foolish behavior that took place on June 23, 2013", Batey said. "It wasn't my son, and will you forgive us". There are two other men on the football team who have plead guilty to the charges and are awaiting trial.

Vandenburg was found guilty of five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of unlawful photography in the case during a separate trial this June.

Batey's co-defendant, Brandon Vandenburg, will be sentenced on September 30.

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