A former Vanderbilt University football player Cory Batey was sentenced to the lightest sentence possible — 15 years in prison in Tennessee and sympathy poured out for Mr. Batey.
“It is one of the saddest cases that I have ever encountered,” Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins said. “And I’ve been in the legal business for 32 years.”
“All of the defendants in this case basically have life sentences,” Watkins said. “After they get out of jail or prison they will be on the sex-offender registry for the rest of their lives. That’s a life sentence in and of itself.”
Before you feel sorry for him and the other three defendants, listen to what they did. They gang raped an unconscious woman who gave emotional testimony about the rape which she can’t remember.
The men took graphic photos and videos of the rape which helped send them to jail for years. Batey urinated in the victim’s face for good measure and said “This is for four hundred years of slavery you b*tch.”
He was not tried for a hate crime. Why not?
As police told her what happened, the victim said,
“Something permanent snapped that day,” the woman said of seeing the pictures. “I felt myself detach from my body. Now, I feel like I’m walking around in the shell of someone else. A part of me went numb, a sense of being a whole person with hopes and dreams about what’s possible in the world was now gone. I felt my belief that people are inherently good twist into some cruel joke in an instant.
“But sexual assault was not where the attack ended,” she said. Her sobs intensified as the described what else the men did to her.
“Mr. Batey continued to abuse and degrade me, urinating on my face while uttering horrific racial hate speech that suggested I deserved what he was doing to me because of the color of my skin. He didn’t even know who I was.”
In prior court hearings, prosecutors have acknowledged a racial statement was made but it was never said publicly in court.
“I hope that if not today maybe one day you would find it in your heart to forgive me for any damages I may have caused,” Batey said in court, calling the rape an “unintentional tragedy.”
Really? An “unintentional tragedy?”
Two pastors spoke on Batey’s behalf, saying he was a church-going man capable of rehabilitation. Batey’s mother also spoke.
His mother testified it’s not her son and it’s out of character. She would like to meet the victim and apologize.
“Unintentional tragedy” for a vicious hate crime? I’m not feeling the sympathy.