Corey Batey, who is a former Vanderbilt football player, has been sentenced to 15 years for raping an unconscious female. Batey's conviction came down in April, and he had since been awaiting sentencing.
According to the New York Post, prosecutors asked for the maximum amount of jail time possible for Batey's crime. The allowable range for aggravated rape, of which Batey was convicted, is between 15 and 25 years. The prosecutorial team stated that punishing Batey up to the maximum amount would serve as an effective message to would-be college rapists.
A total of four former football players were charged in the assault, notes The Root. Batey and the other three charged rapists took pictures of the assault with their cell phones. One even videotaped the rape and sent the footage to others.
Two of the other men involved in the incident, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, pleaded not guilty and are currently awaiting trial. Brand Vandenberg, the fourth man, was found guilty in a jury trial of eight separate counts and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 30.
The woman was a neuroscience and economics major when she was assaulted in June of 2013, and gave a difficult, tear-filled statement in court about seeing her sexual assault on the cell phone video: "Now, I feel like I’m walking around in the shell of someone else. A part of me went numb, a sense of being a whole person with hopes and dreams about what’s possible in the world was now gone. I felt my belief that people are inherently good twist into some cruel joke in an instant."
Batey's sentencing followed public anger over college rapist Brock Turner receiving just six months for assaulting an unconscious woman on another college campus. Turner was released after serving just three months of his sentence, according to CNN.
According to The Tennessean, Batey made a statement in court directed at the victim: “I hope that if not today, maybe one day you would find it in your heart to forgive me for any damages I may have caused.”