SAN DIEGO — Ex-NFL tight finish Kellen Winslow II, who dedicated sexual offenses in opposition to 5 girls in Northern San Diego County, will likely be sentenced to 14 years in state jail subsequent month following a modification made Friday to his authentic responsible plea.
The 37-year-old son of former San Diego Chargers legend Kellen Winslow beforehand confronted a spread of 12 to 18 years in state jail stemming from a 2019 trial, plus responsible pleas to different counts.
On Friday, a previous plea Winslow made to a sexual battery depend involving one of many victims was modified to a responsible plea to assault with intent to commit rape.
This plea modification ensured that Winslow will spend greater than a dozen years in federal jail.
However when the decide initially requested if he agreed to the phrases there appeared to be some confusion on the a part of the previous tight finish in the course of the digital court docket setting.
At one level on Friday, Winslow appeared to query whether or not he ought to comply with a deal or transfer ahead with a trial. “If I used to be going to go to trial would I be capable to get an precise jury of my friends, folks of shade that appear like me?” Winslow requested.
After a brief recess, Winslow agreed to maneuver ahead with the plea deal. When the decide requested Winslow if he understood the phrases of his plea, Winslow answered “sure.”
Sentencing for Winslow, who initially confronted life in jail on the unique costs, is slated for March 3.
In his trial, a Vista jury convicted Winslow of raping a 58-year-old homeless lady — Jane Doe 2 — in Could 2018, exposing himself later that month to Jane Doe 3, who was gardening in her entrance yard in Cardiff, and touching himself in entrance of a 77-year-old lady — Jane Doe 5 — at a Carlsbad health club in February of 2019. The Carlsbad incident occurred after Winslow was arrested, charged and launched on bail.
That jury couldn’t attain a consensus on whether or not Winslow raped a hitchhiker in 2018 — Jane Doe 1 — or a 17-year-old woman — Jane Doe 4 — at a Scripps Ranch home occasion in 2003.
He was set to go to a second trial on counts involving Jane Does 1 and 4, however pleaded responsible to rape and sexual battery counts related to these victims on the day trial was set to start.
Deputy District Legal professional Dan Owens stated at trial that not one of the 5 girls knew one another, but their accounts yielded widespread particulars and comparable bodily descriptions of the suspect.
Winslow’s attorneys advised jurors that the charged incidents have been both consensual or by no means occurred in any respect.
Winslow II grew up in San Diego and attended Patrick Henry and Scripps Ranch excessive faculties earlier than heading to the College of Miami. He performed for 4 NFL groups between 2004 and 2013.
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