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Cory Batey criticizes victim, attempts to rally community in jailhouse recordings

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The I-Team listened to hours of phone calls Cory Batey made from jail. (WSMV) The I-Team listened to hours of phone calls Cory Batey made from jail. (WSMV)

The Channel 4 I-Team has obtained recordings of nearly every jailhouse phone call Cory Batey has made since he was convicted of aggravated rape in April.

In July, the former Vanderbilt football player was sentenced to 15 years, the lightest punishment possible for his conviction.

Two months later, disappointed prosecutors were back in court.

The district attorney said Judge Monte Watkins should have made the state aware of 11 letters he received from community members, pastors, former teachers and classmates of Batey. Some of those letters described Batey as a man of good character who deserved leniency.

Prosecutors argued they should have been able to contest those letters and the claims they made about Batey’s character and remorse.

Judge Watkins is set to rule any day now on a possible re-sentencing.

The jailhouse phone calls are recorded and public record. The I-Team listened to hours of conversation, many of them mundane.

But some seem strategic. Even before his sentencing, Batey talked to his brother about rallying the community.

“I just need some people to band together, man. Some community pastors and people in the community and just show them what they want done or something, man,” Batey said.

“All I got to do is put it out there,” his brother replied.

“How did I get in this situation? I’m supposed to be getting ready for the draft, man. Getting ready for a damn sentencing hearing. People in the draft, and I’m sitting here in orange eating peanut butter,” Batey said.

In another conversation, Batey and his brother discussed the requirement that he register as a sex offender. Batey compared his offenses to predators exposed soliciting underage sex on the TV show To Catch a Predator.

“They ain’t even doing it to people who do that like that, and I get less time. They get community correction. These grown men, 50-year-old, 40-year-old men,” Batey said. “And then you got people in college doing some stupid [expletive] and y’all try to throw the book at them knowing damn well they’re not rapists or predators.”

A day after his sentencing and after reading a letter of remorse to the court, Batey again spoke to his brother about the victim, specifically her appearance.

“They telling her what to do,” Batey said.

“Yeah,” his brother replied.

“Every time she comes in there, you know, it’s [expletive],” Batey said.

“The first time she gained weight. The second time she looked, she gained weight, looked bad. And third time she looked, she looked like she was more worse than us. Skin pale, eyes red, you know what I’m saying,” Batey said.

“He probably thinking like, man, look at him and look at her. What in the – he had to have been [expletive] up, you see what I’m saying,” Batey continued.

“Yeah,” his brother said.

“Once people hear that letter and Mr. Robinson do his politicking in the community, I’ll do about a year and a half, two years in prison on top of what I’ve already been through. And we’ll let him do the rest on papers,” Batey said.

The I-Team contacted Batey’s former attorney, Worrick Robinson, for comment. He referred us to Batey’s current council Peter Strianse. We had not heard back by deadline.

The district attorney’s office said this is a pending matter that it cannot comment on right now.

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