KELLEN WINSLOW II PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX CRIME CHARGES, FACES 12-18 YEARS IN PRISON
November 4, 2019
Touch Down Wire
Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II pleaded guilty in court Monday to two sex crime charges. The former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2004 faces 12 to 18 years in prison, rather than life.
The decision happened minutes before the 36-year-old was to face trial again. USA TODAY reported Winslow admitted to two counts involving two victims: the 2003 rape of an unconscious teen, and the 2018 sexual battery of a 54-year-old hitchhiker in Encinitas.
Winslow, 36, was convicted in June of forcible rape and misdemeanor indecent exposure and lewd conduct counts involving three women, but jurors deadlocked on other charges stemming from the rape of a 54-year-old hitchhiker — Jane Doe 1 — in Encinitas last year, as well as the 2003 rape of a 17-year- old girl — Jane Doe 4 — at a house party.
As part of the plea deal, Winslow agreed not to challenge convictions from the trial earlier this year, when a Superior Court jury found him guilty of three charges, including the May 2018 rape of a 58-year-old homeless woman he had befriended.
In total, Winslow has been found guilty, or pleaded guilty to, sex crimes involving five different women since 2003, including rape, sexual battery and indecent exposure, USA TODAY reported.
“I’m satisfied that now Mr. Winslow has been held accountable for his conduct involving five separate victims over the course of 15 years,” San Diego County prosecutor Dan Owens said.
Winslow will be sentenced in February.
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