Ex-Vanderbilt football player gets minimum 15 years for rape

FILE - In this June 23, 2017, file photo, Brandon Banks, left, and his attorney Katie Hagan react after the verdict was read in his trial in Nashville, Tenn. Banks, a former Vanderbilt University football player, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, for the 2013 rape of an unconscious female student. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Vanderbilt University football player received the minimum sentence of 15 years in prison on Friday for the dorm room rape of an unconscious female student.

Brandon Banks was convicted of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery in the 2013 rape, which a teammate recorded and shared with friends in California.

Prosecutors had asked Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins for a longer prison term, but said they weren't surprised, given the judge's similar sentences for two other former players. Assistant prosecutor Jan Norman read a letter from the victim, requesting the toughest sentence allowed under law. In Tennessee, aggravated rape is punishable by 15 to 25 years in prison.

Banks blamed others for the 2013 rape and portrayed himself as the victim instead of taking responsibility, the victim wrote, noting that Banks even went to college campuses with rape charges pending against him, to give his perspective during sex-assault talks for male athletes.

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