Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. officially agreed to change his rape-case plea deal on Friday so he could secure a 14-year prison sentence.
It’s been an extreme fall from grace for Winslow Jr., to say the least. It wasn’t all that long ago that he was a first-round draft pick and the highest-paid tight end in the league.
However, the 37-year-old now is looking at 14 years behind bars following his convictions for raping a homeless woman. He also had charges linked to misconduct involving several other women as well.
The ex-Cleveland Browns star previously faced anywhere from 12 to 18 years in state prison. However, on Friday, reports broke that a prior plea deal he made to a sexual battery count was changed to a guilty plea to assault with intent to commit rape.
A superior court judge approved the change on Friday. Aside from a prison term, Winslow will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Meanwhile, sentencing for Winslow is currently on schedule for March 3. The former NFL star initially faced life in prison on the original charges.
Kellen Winslow Jr. Trial
A jury found Kellen Winslow Jr. guilty at trial back in June of 2019. He was found guilty of one count of raping a 58-year-old homeless Encinitas woman. He was also a suspect in multiple other incidents including exposing himself to a woman gardening in her front yard and touching himself in front of a 77-year-old man at a gym in Carlsbad.
The jury was not able to come to a consensus on whether or not the star tight end was guilty in two other incidents involving women. He was on schedule to go to trial later in 2019. That, however, was before pleading guilty to rape and sexual battery counts involving the victims on the day the trial was going to start.
Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens said at the time of the trial that none of the five women knew each other. However, he said that their accounts all share common details and similar physical descriptions of the suspect.
Defense attorneys for Winslow told the jury that the charged incidents were either consensual or never occurred at all. Senior ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweeted the news in 2019. That was shortly after Winslow Jr. was looking at life in prison.
Kellen Winslow Jr. grew up in the San Diego area where he attended Patrick Henry and Scripps Ranch high schools before heading to play for the University of Miami. He was then the sixth overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft and played for four teams between 2004 and 2013. In addition, he is also the son of former San Diego Chargers legend Kellen Winslow.