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A former Vanderbilt football player was sentenced to 17 years in prison in a rape case

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Former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg was sentenced to 17 years in prison Friday after Vandenburg encouraged his teammates to rape an unconscious woman in 2013, reports ESPN

Vandenburg was given the maximum amount of jail time possible under a Tennessee law that requires people convicted of aggravated rape to serve 100 percent of their sentence. 

Security footage showed Vandenburg helping carry the unconscious woman into his dorm room. Testimony revealed that he handed out condoms to three of his teammates and encouraged them to assault the woman. He also took photos and emailed to friends in California while the crime was still being committed. 

Vandenburg had been dating the victim shortly before the attack occurred. 

Vandenburg's case has been compared to other rape cases involving college athletes. 

Many online pointed out how long it took to actually convict Vandenburg. 

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