By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former Vanderbilt football player Brandon E. Banks was found guilty of raping an unconscious woman in a Vanderbilt dorm room four years ago. The jury deliberated for 15-hours over two days to make their decision.
“I hope that other victims out there can see how strong she was,” Metro Nashville Police Detective Chad Gish said. “She is a true pillar of strength and my hero. I hope my daughter grows up as strong as she is.”
Banks, along with three of his teammates, were charged with seven felony counts stemming from the June 23, 2013 gang rape. The incident brought the university into the national spotlight.
While Banks was found guilty of rape, his legal team did also receive five not guilty verdicts for their client. He was charged with aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery.
He has to serve at least 15-years in jail. According to Tennessee law, aggravated rape carries a minimum of 15-years in jail with a maximum of 25-years.
After the verdict, Banks, who was still playing football for Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., was re-arrested.
“My heart is for my son,” Maurice Banks, his father said. “I hate that he’s where he is right now. Likewise that [the victim] has had to endure this as well. Nobody comes out of this on the positive side.”
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