Third former Vanderbilt player receives prison sentence for rape case
Ex-Vanderbilt football player Brandon Banks has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for rape.
Banks had a role in the gang rape of an unconscious woman on Vanderbilt’s campus in June 2013, according to a report from The Tennessean.
Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins sentenced Banks on Friday morning.
“Banks, 23, has been in jail since a jury convicted him of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery in June,” the report stated. “According to Tennessee law, he faced a sentence of 15 to 25 years in prison.”
Two other former Vanderbilt football players, Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, have already been sentenced to 15 and 17 years for their roles in the rape.
“Juries have previously said Vandenburg enabled the rape, and though he did not physically participate, he was responsible for the crimes that happened after he carried an unconscious woman into his dorm room,” the report said. “Batey was convicted of sexually assaulting the unconscious woman and penetrating her with his fingers.”
A jury found earlier this year that Banks was also guilty of raping the woman.
“Taking the witness stand in his own defense, he said he touched the unconscious woman,” the report said.