Former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for raping an unconscious female student in a dorm.
Batey, 22, assaulted the female student in a dorm on the Nashville campus in June 2013.
Judge Monte Watkins called the case "one of the saddest" he's ever encountered.
“It will never be possible for anyone to put into words how this has affected me,” the victim said. “You will never understand what this has done to me if you aren’t standing in my shoes. The humiliation, the pain, the isolation, being reduced to nothing but a piece of flesh right before your eyes, it does something to you that is truly impossible to describe.”
Batey watched the woman, who he did not know at the time of the rape and has only seen in court since, as she spoke. Batey, 22, wore an orange jail uniform. He’s been in custody since his trial in April, when a jury found him guilty. He spoke, apologizing to his family who supported him, to Vanderbilt and to the woman.
"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," he said, calling the rape an "unintentional tragedy."
Three other former football players were charged in the chase. Two, Brandon E. Banks and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, have pled not guilty and are awaiting trial while the other, Brandon Vandenburg, is facing a sentence of 15 to 25 years.
The 15-year sentence for Batey is the minimum sentence possible for the crime.