Ex-player convicted in Vanderbilt rape set for March hearing

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An ex-Vanderbilt University football player convicted in the rape of an unconscious female student is set for a March hearing.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2j65lZa ) that on March 22, attorneys for 23-year-old Brandon Vandenburg will argue for a new trial. The hearing is a procedural requirement to appeal to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

Vandenburg was found guilty in June of five counts of aggravated rape and other charges. He's serving a 17-year prison term in West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning, Tennessee, for his role in the June 2013 dorm rape.

Another former player, Cory Batey, received a 15-year sentence for his role in the rape.

Two others, Brandon E. Banks and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, are awaiting trial in the case.