Vanderbilt WR Boyd pleads guilty to lesser charge in rape case

Vanderbilt WR Chris Boyd pleads guilty to lesser charge in rape case

Posted: Updated: Sep 13, 2013 10:30 PM
Chris Boyd is suspended from Vanderbilt's football team but still attending classes at the university. Chris Boyd is suspended from Vanderbilt's football team but still attending classes at the university.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Suspended Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd entered a conditional guilty plea Friday morning for his role in attempting to cover up the rape of an unconscious student.

Deputy Attorney General Tom Thurman said in court that Boyd received text messages, including pictures, and phone calls from dismissed player Brandon Vandenburg on June 23.

"Shortly after receiving the text, Mr. Boyd received a phone call from Mr. Vandenburg saying that the victim had been 'messed with in the hall' and sexually assaulted in the room, and he needed Mr. Boyd to come over," Thurman said.

The prosecutor said Boyd went to Vandenburg's dorm and found a partially clothed, unconscious woman in the hallway.  Thurman said Boyd and two other Vanderbilt football players who are not charged carried the woman to Vandenburg's bed and left.

Authorities said Boyd advised Vandenburg to delete video evidence and tell no one what happened.

Boyd received an 11-month, 29-day suspended sentence for criminal attempt to commit accessory after the fact, a misdemeanor.  If he completes probation, his record will be cleared.

As part of the deal, Boyd must also testify against Vandenburg and three other former teammates charged in the rape.

Vandenburg, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, Brandon Banks and Cory Batey each face five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery and are no longer on the football team or at Vanderbilt University.

They are scheduled to be in court Wednesday, October 16.

Following Friday's court hearing, Boyd's attorney said his client learned a "painful lesson from all of this."

Attorney Roger May said Boyd was forced into a situation he did not fully understand.

Boyd is suspended from Vanderbilt's football team but attending classes at the university.  It was not immediately clear if he would be reinstated by Coach James Franklin.

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