On Friday, the Associated Press reported that former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg had been sentenced to 17 years in prison after playing a part in a 2013 rape incident.
Vandenburg, who under law will have to serve the entire sentence, encouraged his teammates to rape an unconscious female student. He was one of four men charged in the case.
After his initial 2015 verdict was overturned due to the jury foreman not revealing he had been a victim of statutory rape, Vandenburg was convicted again in June on five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of unlawful photography.
The victim asked for the maximum punishment, which was between 15-to-25 years. His 17-year sentence is on the lower end of that spectrum.
Vandenburg had already been in jail since his second conviction in June. He was added to Tennessee’s sex offender registry.
Vandenburg apologized to the victim, who did not appear in court, on Friday, blaming the incident on alcohol.
“My judgment was severely impaired and I’m sad for everyone involved,” Vandenburg said, according to AP.
Cory Batey, one of Vandenburg’s teammates also involved in the incident, was previously sentenced to 15 years. The other two former players involved — Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and Brandon Banks — have yet to had their cases resolved.