Brandon Vandenburg, Cory Batey guilty of Vanderbilt rape

Verdict being read - Cory Batey, Brandon Vandenburg
Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg as the verdict was read. (Jan. 27, 2015)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Former Vanderbilt University football players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were found guilty Tuesday on all counts they faced for the 2013 rape of Vandenburg’s then-girlfriend.

The jury reached its verdict after just three hours of deliberation.

The rape took place during the early morning hours of June 23, 2013 in Vandenburg’s on-campus dorm room at Gillette House. The victim was unconscious at the time.

Vandenburg was found guilty on four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count each of tampering with evidence and unlawful photography.

Batey was found guilty on four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Both men were taken into custody after the verdict was read. Sentencing will be held March 6.

Aggravated rape is a Class A felony punishable by 15 to 80 years in jail. Aggravated sexual battery is a Class B Felony punishable by 8 to 30 years in jail.

Vandenburg faces 1 to 6 years for the unlawful photography count and 3 to 15 years for the tampering with evidence count.

It’s likely the sentences, a 15-year minimum for each defendant, would be served concurrently, or at the same time.

Vandenburg and Batey, who testified in court Monday, were charged alongside former teammates Brandon Banks and Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie.

Trial dates for Banks and McKenzie have not yet been set. McKenzie testified against his former teammates last week.

Verdict being read - Cory Batey, Brandon Vandenburg
Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg in court on Jan. 27, 2015 as their verdicts were being read.

A statement prepared by the victim was read by Assistant District Attorney Jan Norman following the verdict. Watch the full statement here.

She said, in part, she hopes the publicity of the case will help end sexual assaults on other college campuses across the country. Read the full statement here.

“Finally, I want to remind other victims of sexual violence: You are not alone. You are not to blame,” the victim’s statement concluded.

Defense attorneys for both Batey and Vandenburg addressed the media following the guilty verdict.

“I think we did the best we could. I think we shined a light on a national problem. There’s several tragedies in this case,” Batey’s attorney Worrick Robinson said.

Albert Perez Jr., Vandenburg’s attorney, tearfully stated, “It’s very difficult for a person who is young to understand what happened because he asked me, ‘What happened?’ He didn’t understand.”

Beth Fortune, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs at Vanderbilt University, also issued a statement on behalf of the school Tuesday evening. Read the full statement here.

“The conduct revealed by the evidence at trial was profoundly disturbing and utterly unacceptable. Our heart goes out to the victim,” she stated. “Her testimony was forceful and brave. She has received our care and support.”

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