NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt football player has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping an unconscious female student.
A criminal judge handed down the sentence for Cory Batey on Friday after the victim said her life was shattered as a result of the rape.
The woman was a neuroscience and economics major when she was assaulted in a dorm on the Nashville campus in June of 2013. Four former football players were charged.
The sentencing comes amid widespread furor over a Stanford University swimmer who was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on a college campus.
Batey was convicted in April of aggravated rape, which carries a sentence of 15 to 25 years. Prosecutors asked for the maximum, saying the punishment would send a message about campus rapes.