June 18, 2016
Former Vanderbilt Commodores football player Brandon Vandenburg was convicted on five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of unlawful photography on Saturday, according to the Tennessean‘s Natalie Neysa Alund.
The Associated Press (via ESPN.com) reported Vandenburg was convicted by a jury following “just over four hours of deliberation” after he was put on trial for “encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating” in June 2013.
According to the AP, “Vandenburg’s attorneys had argued that he was too drunk to form the necessary intent to direct or encourage players he didn’t even know to commit the crime.”
Vandenburg and former Vanderbilt teammate Cory Batey were previously on trial, and they were both found guilty on all counts by a jury, according to USA Today‘s Stacey Barchenger and Joey Garrison.
However, a mistrial was declared in June 2015 after the jury foreman revealed “he had been the victim of sexual crimes as a teenager,” per the New York Times‘ Alan Blinder.
Batey’s retrial concluded in April, and he was found guilty on charges of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery, according to Barchenger.
Batey’s sentencing date was originally scheduled for May 20 but was moved to July 15, per Barchenger. He faces 15 to 25 years in jail.
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