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Ex-Vandy player gets 15 years for rape

Audrey Batey, the mother of Cory Batey, testifies during her son's sentencing hearing Friday, July 15, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Corey Batey, a former Vanderbilt University football player, was sentenced to 15 years for raping an unconscious woman with his some of his teammates in 2013. (Samuel M. Simpkins/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A former Vanderbilt University football player received the minimum sentence of 15 years in prison on Friday for the dorm room rape of an unconscious female student.

Brandon Banks was convicted of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery in the 2013 rape, which a teammate recorded and shared with friends in California.

Prosecutors had asked Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins for a longer prison term, but said they weren't surprised, given the judge's similar sentences for two other former players. Assistant prosecutor Jan Norman read a letter from the victim, requesting the toughest sentence allowed under law. In Tennessee, aggravated rape is punishable by 15 to 25 years in prison.


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