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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — A jury in the retrial of a rape case involving a former Vanderbilt University football player found he was guilty on all counts.

Brandon Vandenburg was accused of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious student that he was dating at the time. The jury had to decide whether he should be held criminally responsible for what his former teammates did to the woman in a dorm room in June 2013.

He was found guilty of five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of unlawful photography.

“It’s impossible to not be emotional about this case,” District Attorney Jan Norman said after the verdict. “The facts of it are horrific, and what happened to this victim is horrifying, no matter how many times you say it.”

Vandenburg now faces a prison sentence of 15 to 25 years.

He was convicted on all charges along with Corey Batey in the first trial before a judge declared a mistrial due to a problem with a juror. Batey was later found guilty in a separate trial.

Two other former football players who were allegedly involved are still waiting to go to trial.

Vandenburg’s verdict comes after a former Stanford University swimmer was given a sixth-month prison sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. The case gained national attention when critics said the punishment was not harsh enough.

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