Former Vanderbilt Football Player Brandon Banks Sentenced to 15 Years for Rape

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 18, 2017

Brandon E. Banks and his attorney Katie Hagan listen during the Vanderbilt rape case trial at Justice A. A. Birch Building Monday, June 19, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Banks is charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.  (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)
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Former Vanderbilt cornerback Brandon Banks was sentenced to 15 years in prison stemming from his involvement in a 2013 gang rape of a female student. 

Per Stacey Barchenger of the Tennesseancriminal court judge Monte Watkins handed down the sentence on Friday after a jury convicted him of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual in June. 

Barchenger reported in June, after Banks' conviction was announced, the victim was "unconscious when he [Banks] and another football player carried her into a dorm where juries have said two men, including Brandon Banks, raped her."

Per ESPN.com, prosecutors in the case "leaned on graphic photos and videos, some shot by Banks and others by his teammates, to rebut the 23-year-old's argument that he feared he would get beat up if he didn't participate in the assault."

Banks was on Vanderbilt's football team in 2012, though he didn't play in a game during his redshirt freshman season.