Brandon Vandenburg will spend the next 17 years behind bars.
On Friday, the former Vanderbilt Commodores football player was sentenced to 17 years in prison stemming from an aggravated rape on campus back in 2013. Vandenburg, who carried an unconscious woman into his dorm before encouraging his teammates to gang rape her, was facing 15 to 25 years in prison on five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of unlawful photography.
The victim was not present at the trial on Friday, but wrote a letter to the judge asking for a maximum sentence.
‘‘Please do not use my absence as an excuse for leniency, as it in no way diminishes the profound and insidious impact of Mr. Vandenburg on me and my life,” she wrote. ”I still ask that he receive the full sentence allowed under the law for orchestrating a sustained 30-minute gang rape against me, a defenseless woman who trusted him. The minimum sentence is not enough for what this man did to me.”
According to Tennessee law, people convicted of aggravated rape must serve 100 percent of their time.
Along with his sentence, Vandeburg was added to the state sex offender registry.
Cory Batey, Vandenburg’s former teammate, was sentenced to 15 years in a separate trial, while Jaborian McKenzie and Brandon Banks remain out on bond.