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Vanderbilt WR Chris Boyd pleads guilty in rape case to avoid felony conviction

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Suspended Vanderbilt WR will serve almost year on probation after his plea deal. (Getty Images)

Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd struck a deal with prosecutors on Friday and became the first person indicted in the Vanderbilt rape case to have the charges settled.

Boyd is suspended from the team and was the fifth player indicted in the case involving a 21-year-old woman who was unconscious. He was originally charged with a felony count of tampering with evidence as an accessory, as he was accused of helping one of the players attempt to cover up the incident.

According to the Tennessean, Boyd pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge involving "criminal intent" to be an accessory after the fact. As part of the guilty plea, he's on probation for a year, and after the period the charge will be wiped from his record. He'll also testify against the four other players, who have all been since dismissed from the team, charged in the case.

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Brandon Vandenburg, Corey Batey, Brandon Boyd and Jaborian McKenzie are charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. McKenzie transferred to Alcorn State and played Saturday against Mississippi State. However, McKenzie was removed from the Alcorn State team on Thursday evening.

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