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After rape conviction, Kellen Winslow Jr. gets mistrial on other charges

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https://nypost.com/2019/06/11/after-rape-conviction-kellen-winslow-jr-gets-mistrial-on-other-charges/

VISTA, Calif.  — A California jury that convicted former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman was unable to break a deadlock on eight other counts Tuesday and a judge declared a mistrial on those charges.

The judge earlier denied a defense motion to dismiss the undecided charges involving the alleged rapes of a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teen.

Prosecutors did not immediately say whether they would retry those charges. Winslow currently faces up to nine years in prison. Conviction on all charges could bring a life sentence.

The San Diego County Superior Court jury on Monday found the son of a Hall of Famer guilty of an attack last year on the homeless woman in his picturesque beach community of Encinitas, north of San Diego.

The jury also found the 35-year-old former tight end guilty of indecent exposure and lewd conduct involving two other women, but jurors found him not guilty of one count of a lewd act.

The jury told the court Monday it was deadlocked on the other charges but the judge had ordered them to resume deliberations on Tuesday. The judge polled the jury after declaring the mistrial, and Yahoo Sports reported that a guilty verdict was favored on all of the remaining. That included two jurors holding out on one of the remaining rape charges and the sodomy charge.

All five women testified during the nine-day trial. Winslow, who played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets, did not take the stand.

Defense attorneys pointed out inconsistencies in the accusers’ testimonies and argued the women invented the allegations to prey on the wealth of Winslow, who reportedly earned over $40 million during his 10 seasons with the NFL.

The five women testified that they didn’t know Winslow was famous when they met him.

Prosecutors said the son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow felt empowered by his fame to abuse the most vulnerable.

Prosecutor Dan Owens told the jury of eight men and four women that Winslow is a "wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

The homeless woman in Encinitas, who was 58 at the time, testified that he befriended her and attacked her next to his vehicle after inviting her for a coffee in May 2018.

A 54-year-old hitchhiker said he drove her to an Encinitas shopping center parking lot and raped her in his Hummer in March 2018.

A 57-year-old woman said he exposed himself to her while she tended to her garden in May of 2018. The jury found him guilty of that charge Monday.

After news of the attacks broke, a woman came forward and said Winslow had raped her when she was a 17-year-old high school student in 2003. He was 19 at the time and had come home from college for the summer.

A 77-year-old woman who went to the same gym as Winslow in the nearby beach community of Carlsbad said he committed lewd acts in front of her, including touching himself, while Winslow was free on $2 million bail in February. The jury found him guilty of touching himself in front of the woman while she exercised, but not guilty of committing a lewd act in front of her on a separate occasion in the gym’s hot tub.

Defense attorney Marc Carlos questioned the credibility of the women’s claims, saying they had lied, misconstrued things or were unable to initially identify him correctly.

Defense lawyers also said the sex was consensual and that Winslow had cheated on his wife repeatedly with no-strings-attached sex.

Prosecutors said the crux of the women’s stories didn’t change and that evidence included traces of Winslow’s DNA on one of the accuser’s pants and GPS locations placing him where the women said the assaults occurred.

Jurors on Friday sent a note to the judge indicating it was struggling to reach agreement.

"The jurors could benefit from an explanation as to what being under oath means,” the note said. "Additionally, how we should follow the law and not what we think the law means.”

The judge told jurors being under oath means telling the whole truth and that they should follow the law how it is written.

 

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Sick, sick man. The evidence surely appears he is guilty and it seems most of the jurors agree:

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The majority of jurors voted in favor of guilt in each of the eight deadlocked verdicts, including 10-2 votes on several of the felony charges.

But I wasn't a juror in the courtroom. I wonder what explanation the holdout jurors have to find him not guilty of further charges?

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The SI article posted today is pretty crazy.

https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/06/13/kellen-winslow-jr-ii-crimes-rape-trial-homeless-woman-elderly

From his early years in Cleveland (2004-08), to his final NFL season in 2013 with the Jets, Winslow became known to co-workers as a compulsive ****er and pornography enthusiast, according to two teammates and three former team officials. He could count on having an empty seat next to him on any team flight, due to his ritual of watching hardcore pornography on his portable DVD player, according to those sources. On one occasion, an equipment manager tasked with delivering gear to lockers after hours walked in on Winslow ****ing at his locker, two seats away from the entrance, according to two team officials familiar with the incident.

 

During road games when the team stayed at a hotel and had a curfew, assistant coaches who performed bed checks reported on multiple occasions finding Winslow watching pornography. When pornography became widely available on mobile phones, he often watched it on his smartphone during meetings, the two former teammates said (nowadays, such sites would typically be blocked by the building WiFi). Teammates begged out of shared hotel room assignments with Winslow because he watched pornography and ****ed openly, with no regard for who was in the room, a teammate and an official said. Romeo Crennel, former Browns head coach, and former Browns assistant Terry Robiskie made efforts to mentor Winslow and impress upon him expectations of appropriate behavior, according to the officials, especially once Crennel became aware of a road-trip roommate’s pleas for a new assignment. The advice, apparently, didn’t get through. Later on in his career, after being sent to Tampa Bay via trade, Winslow acquired a life-sized silicone mold of a woman’s torso—complete with V and anus—to bring with him on road trips, according to one former assistant coach.

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1 hour ago, NCTANK said:

damn

Damn is right. These stories never got out, or at least I may have not paid close attention. I'm sure there's many other disgusting stories that never see the light of day.

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6 hours ago, fearthereaper said:

The SI article posted today is pretty crazy.

https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/06/13/kellen-winslow-jr-ii-crimes-rape-trial-homeless-woman-elderly

From his early years in Cleveland (2004-08), to his final NFL season in 2013 with the Jets, Winslow became known to co-workers as a compulsive ****er and pornography enthusiast, according to two teammates and three former team officials. He could count on having an empty seat next to him on any team flight, due to his ritual of watching hardcore pornography on his portable DVD player, according to those sources. On one occasion, an equipment manager tasked with delivering gear to lockers after hours walked in on Winslow ****ing at his locker, two seats away from the entrance, according to two team officials familiar with the incident.

 

During road games when the team stayed at a hotel and had a curfew, assistant coaches who performed bed checks reported on multiple occasions finding Winslow watching pornography. When pornography became widely available on mobile phones, he often watched it on his smartphone during meetings, the two former teammates said (nowadays, such sites would typically be blocked by the building WiFi). Teammates begged out of shared hotel room assignments with Winslow because he watched pornography and ****ed openly, with no regard for who was in the room, a teammate and an official said. Romeo Crennel, former Browns head coach, and former Browns assistant Terry Robiskie made efforts to mentor Winslow and impress upon him expectations of appropriate behavior, according to the officials, especially once Crennel became aware of a road-trip roommate’s pleas for a new assignment. The advice, apparently, didn’t get through. Later on in his career, after being sent to Tampa Bay via trade, Winslow acquired a life-sized silicone mold of a woman’s torso—complete with V and anus—to bring with him on road trips, according to one former assistant coach.

Porn is an addiction few talk about. Since this is a Football board: Ask Terry Crews. It almost destroyed his family. 

 

Being that said,  it's not an excuse for what he did.  But this does shed a light into his psychology 

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Kellen Winslow II pleads guilty to rape, sexual battery, faces 12 to 18 years in prison

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2019/11/04/kellen-winslow-ii-pleads-guilty-rape-sexual-battery/4159986002/

VISTA, Calif. – In a stunning turn of events on the eve of his second rape trial, former NFL star Kellen Winslow II decided to plead guilty to rape and sexual battery charges here Monday as part of a plea deal that allows him to avoid the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison.

Winslow, 36, instead faces 12 to 18 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for February. He also will have to pay a $10,000 fine and register as a sex offender for life.

In exchange for those guilty pleas, the trial that was set to begin Monday has been called off and remaining charges have been dropped except for three other guilty verdicts against him from a separate trial in June. Overall, Winslow was found guilty, or pleaded guilty to, sex crimes involving five different women since 2003, including rape, sexual battery and indecent exposure.

In court, Winslow still struggled with his decision to plead guilty. He told Judge Blaine Bowman that "I pray to God” that Bowman would sentence him to 12 years instead of more so that he could "go home” to his family. The judge said sentencing would not happen until Feb. 19.

"I’m satisfied that now Mr. Winslow has been held accountable for his conduct involving five separate victims over the course of 15 years,” San Diego County prosecutor Dan Owens said afterward.

BREAKING DOWN THE CASE:How Kellen Winslow II got here

His two guilty pleas Monday related to two different women in alleged incidents 15 years apart. One involved so-called Jane Doe 4, who said he raped her while she was unconscious at a party in 2003, when she was 17 and he was 19. He admitted guilt in that case Monday, as well as felony sexual battery against Jane Doe 1, a 54-year-old hitchhiker, in March 2018. In that case, he admitted touching her in an intimate area while she was restrained for his own sexual pleasure.

Those guilty pleas are in addition to guilty verdicts delivered by a different jury in June. That jury found him guilty of raping a homeless woman in May 2018, exposing himself to a neighbor that same month and engaging in a lewd act against another woman at a local gym in February. Those three women were age 57 or older.

Kellen Winslow II appears in court in June when it was announced the former NFL start would be retried on rape charges.
 

Those convictions still stand, and now cannot be appealed, according to his plea deal. The deal came just as a jury had been seated to hear opening statements in a new trial that was going to weigh six counts against him – charges that had hopelessly deadlocked the first jury, leading to the retrial.

The new jury of six men and six women instead was sent home after lunch.

 

One of Winslow’s attorneys, Gretchen von Helms, called the decision a mathematical computation involving the risk he faced. The first trial in June already had put him at risk of nine years behind bars for three convictions. The plea deal might only add three to nine years to that time instead of the possibility of life behind bars if the new jury convicted him of additional forcible sex crimes at the retrial.

 

"The downside of any conviction would land him in prison for the rest of his life,” another attorney for Winslow, Marc Carlos, said. "He made the decision based on his family, his father, his children, and he wanted to be there for them in the future. So by accepting a plea agreement with the sentencing range that he has, he’s got a set number he has to get to rather than spending the rest of his life in prison.”

Winslow’s defense team lost several pretrial motions last week that they hoped would stave off this decision. They had asked the judge for his convictions in June to be reversed, arguing that Winslow was denied due process in that first trial because the judge allowed the misdemeanor indecent exposure charge to be tried at the same time as separate felony rape charges.

Bowman denied that request, forcing Winslow to consider his risks anew as he was about to go to trial again facing many of the same witnesses. He came to court Monday clutching a green paperback Bible after being brought over from the nearby jail, where he has been incarcerated without bail since March.

"I was told this morning that they had worked hard over the weekend to discuss with Mr. Winslow the parameters of a potential change in plea, and it was not until this morning that they offered the specific resolution that ultimately we agreed to,” Owens, the prosecutor, said Monday.

Winslow earned about $40 million in the NFL from 2004 to 2013 and was a first-round draft pick out of the University of Miami. Earlier this year, his wife filed for divorce and sold his house in nearby Encinitas for about $3 million. He has a son, age 8, and daughter, age 6.

Asked afterward if their client had expressed remorse about the victims, von Helms replied, "That comes at the sentencing."

At his first trial, his attorneys argued that the alleged victims were mistaken about him, or were out to get his money, or that the sex was consensual, not rape.

His father, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, attended virtually all of his court proceedings seated just a few feet behind him in the gallery. In the morning, before his son changed his plea, he snapped at prosecutor Owens, who apparently was looking in his direction.

"Do not look over here,” he told the prosecutor with a raised voice.

After the lunch break, Winslow II looked back to his father for direction. He hesitated for several minutes when the judge asked him about changing his plea and waiving his right to a trial.

"I guess I have to, Your Honor,” Winslow II told the judge.

The judge replied that he didn’t have to, that it was his decision.

He later said, "Sorry, I’m just not thinking very clearly.”

His attorneys also said afterward that Winslow suffers from symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which has been linked to head trauma in football. That could factor in his sentencing in February.

 

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