According to a report in the Tennessean, former Vanderbilt football player and convicted rapist Cory Batey — who was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison — said that the motive for his crime was a payback for slavery.
“That’s for 400 years of slavery you b—-,” Batey said during the rape, according to multiple Tennessean sources. The story says that prosecutors acknowledged a racial statement was made, but it was never mentioned in open court.
Police said that Batey and three other former Vanderbilt players raped a 21-year-old woman on the floor while she was unconscious. In addition to Batey, one of the other players has already been convicted on eight counts, while two others pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.
Batey’s 15-year sentence, imposed by Judge Monte Watkins, was the mandatory minimum for the crime under Tennessee law. Watkins said it was “one of the saddest cases that I have ever encountered,” and added that he didn’t believe the prison term reflected the true sentence.
“All of the defendants in this case basically have life sentences,” Watkins said. “After they get out of jail or prison they will be on the sex-offender registry for the rest of their lives. That’s a life sentence in and of itself.”
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