Ex-NFL star Kellen Winslow II agrees to new plea deal for sex crimes

SAN DIEGO – Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II has agreed to a new plea deal that will punish him with 14 years behind bars for raping two women, assaulting another and committing misdemeanor sex crimes against two others, according to an agreement submitted Friday in San Diego Superior Court.

The new plea agreement replaces a prior plea agreement in his case from November 2019, when he pleaded guilty to rape and sexual battery charges to avoid the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison. The previous deal stipulated a sentencing range of 12 to 18 years behind bars, to be determined by the judge after a sentencing hearing. 

Winslow, 37, appeared remotely in a court hearing from his jail in San Diego County.

“I would like to agree to 14 years,” Winslow told Judge Blaine Bowman.

The new deal also includes another significant change: a new guilty plea by Winslow for assaulting a hitchhiker with the intent to commit rape in March 2018 – a woman in her mid-50s who was known in the case as Jane Doe 1. That new guilty plea replaces a guilty plea he made in November 2019 for sexual battery against the same woman.

Winslow still had a question for Bowman before the hearing adjourned.

“I just wanted to know if I was to go to trial would I get an actual jury of my peers that (are) people of color that would look like me?” asked Winslow, whose attorneys previously raised this issue in 2019. “Would I get jury trial like that?”

Bowman responded that this was not at issue in the hearing. He then called for a recess so that Winslow could talk to his attorney about whether he wanted to proceed with the new deal. After a short break, Winslow agreed to it.

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