Kellen Winslow II pleads guilty to two sex-crimes, faces 12 years in prison

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Teri Figueroa, The San Diego Union-Tri­bune

VISTA — Mo­ments be­fore his rape re­trial was to start Mon­day in Vista, for­mer NFL player Kellen Winslow II pleaded guilty to two sex-crimes charges in­clud­ing rape.

Winslow, 36, faces be­tween 12 and 18 years in prison when he is sen­tenced in a deal that spares him from the pos­si­bil­ity of life in prison had he been con­victed of more se­ri­ous charges at his re­trial. The de­ci­sion as to how much time Winslow will get will be up to Su­pe­rior Court Judge Blaine Bow­man.

With the jury stand­ing out­side the court­room wait­ing for open­ing state­ments to start, Winslow ad­mit­ted to two felony counts in­volv­ing two vic­tims: the 2003 rape of an un­con­scious teen, and the 2018 sex­ual bat­tery of a 54-year-old hitch­hiker in Encini­tas.

Be­fore go­ing through with chang­ing his plea, Winslow—son of a Chargers icon with the same name—hes­i­tated sev­eral times through­out the hear­ing. Af­ter Bow­man asked the de­fen­dant if he had had enough time to make his de­ci­sion, Winslow looked back in the court­room at his fa­mous fa­ther, who nod­ded in agree­ment.

As part of the plea deal reached Mon­day af­ter­noon, Winslow agreed not to chal­lenge con­vic­tions from a 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. That same jury also con­victed him of ex­pos­ing him­self to 57-year-old woman and com­mit­ting a lewd act in front of a 77-year-old woman at a Carls­bad gym ear­lier this year.

Had he been con­victed at trial of a sec­ond count of rape, Winslow was look­ing at a po­ten­tial sen­tence of life in prison.

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