VISTA, Calif. — Former NFL participant Kellen Winslow Jr. pleaded responsible Monday to raping an unconscious teen and sexual battery involving a 54-year-old hitchhiker.
Winslow entered the pleas as he was about to be retried on two rape allegations in San Diego County Superior Court docket.
In trade for his plea, the courtroom agreed to condemn him to between 12 and 18 years in jail. He had confronted life in jail if convicted of rape on a number of counts within the retrial.
In June, a jury discovered him responsible of raping a homeless lady in Encinitas, north of San Diego. Jurors additionally convicted him of two misdemeanors — indecent publicity and a lewd act in public — involving two different ladies.
However that jury didn’t agree on different expenses, together with the alleged rape of the hitchhiker and the rape of the unconscious teen in 2003. Beneath the plea deal, the assault on the hitchhiker was lowered to sexual battery.
The 36-year-old former tight finish — at one level one of many highest-paid within the NFL — had beforehand pleaded not responsible to the undecided expenses. His legal professional, Gretchen von Helms, had mentioned the intercourse was consensual.
5 ladies took the witness stand this summer time, and three of them had been anticipated to testify once more.
Protection attorneys attacked the credibility of the 5 ladies and identified inconsistencies of their tales within the first trial.
The courtroom had deliberate to permit the brand new jury to listen to that Winslow was convicted of raping the homeless lady, who would have been amongst these testifying once more.
Jurors would even have been informed concerning the indecent publicity conviction, although that lady was not anticipated to take the stand.
Winslow, who performed for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets, earned greater than $40 million over 10 seasons within the NFL. He’s the son of Chargers Corridor of Fame receiver Kellen Winslow, who was within the courtroom all through the primary trial.
The defendant didn’t testify at his first trial.