Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. pleaded guilty on Monday to a couple of rape acquisitions.
In June, a jury had found him guilty of raping a woman in San Diego. But the jury did not rule him guilty on other charges, which include the alleged rape of the hitchhiker and the rape of an unconscious teenage girl in 2003.
The Associated Press has now reported that Winslow asked the judge for more time before he finally entered the guilty pleas moments before he was about to be retried on six felonies including kidnapping, sodomy, forced oral copulation and two charges of forcible rape in San Diego County Superior Court that could have sent him to prison for life if he was convicted. In exchange for his plea, the court agreed to sentence him to between 12 and 18 years in prison for the two charges and dismiss the others.
“I’m sorry. I’m just not thinking very clearly,” Winslow told the judge.
Winsley was once the highest paid player in NFL. After he pleaded guilty, prosecutor Dan Owens said outside of the courtroom that the women were brave to want to testify again, but that he was glad they would not have to put themselves through it again.
Note from jury in Kellen Winslow II rape trial. Doesn’t specify what counts a decision has been reached. He is facing seven felonies for rape of three different women. pic.twitter.com/tefvXFy7Vw
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) June 10, 2019
“Each of these victims, they didn’t try to come out here in order to try to frame Mr. Winslow,” Owens was quoted as saying. “The fact that they had that courage to come forward and speak with law enforcement and to testify to all the things that he had done while facing all these cameras, I think it was important to me to make sure that that truth was heard, and it was important to me to make sure that he was held accountable for each one of those crimes.”
Defense attorney Marc Carlos said: “The downside of any conviction would land him in prison for the rest of his life, and he made this decision based upon his family, his father, his children, and he wanted to be there for them in the future.”