A jury in Nashville, Tennessee found Brandon Vandenburg, 21, and Cory Batey, who turned 21 today, guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery.
The decision took just hours, and now both men face at least 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole and up to 60 years behind bars, with sentencing set for March 6.
Batey was found guilty of four counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of attempted aggravated rape.
Vandenburg was found guilty of four counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count each of attempted aggravated rape, unlawful photography, and tampering with evidence.
Last week, the alleged victim testified that Vandenburg, whom she was dating, plied her with alcohol one night in June 2013 and the next thing she remembers is waking up in a strange dorm room.
The jury saw surveillance footage showing her being dragged to Vandenburg’s dorm room.
Inside the room, Vandenburg switched on porn and encouraged Batey and two others to assault the woman with a water bottle and rape her, prosecutors said.
The jury was shown graphic cell phone footage of part of the alleged sexual attack, which the men had recorded. Vandenburg then sent some footage to friends.
One of the men, Brandon Banks, allegedly anally raped the woman with the water bottle as Vandenburg said, ‘squeeze that s***’, the video showed. Batey then allegedly urinated on her.
‘It wasn’t just about sexual gratification and fun, it was about degrading her, humiliating her,’ Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman said in his closing arguments on Tuesday.
The woman was then ‘thrown in the hall like a piece of trash by the man she trusted, Brandon Vandenburg,’ Thurman said.
‘She’s not a piece of trash,’ he continued. ‘She’s a victim. Not an alleged victim. A victim. A victim that had the courage to take that stand and face her attackers. A victim that had the courage to come in here and fight for justice.’
The woman testified last week that she could not remember any of the attack.
Throughout the trial, the defense had argued that the men had become swept up in a promiscuous college culture, where people walked around naked and binged on alcohol.
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