SAN DIEGO – Kellen Winslow II finally received his appreciation.
This happened Wednesday morning during his sentencing hearing, when the judge berated the former NFL star in court after being convicted of rape and other sex crimes against five women, all disadvantaged, incapable or aged 50 or over.
“It just leaves us with someone who can only be described in two words,” Judge Blaine Bowman told Winslow in San Diego Superior Court. “And he’s a sexual predator. And that’s what Kellen Winslow II is. It is a sexual predator. He prey on vulnerable victims and is very brazen in the way he commits his crimes. So for that, the defendant will be sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Winslow’s account also came from the women he raped or raped. Three of them appeared on video to confront him with victim impact statements. Another had her read her statement in court.
Last month, Winslow, 37, agreed to end his case by accepting a 14-year sentence behind bars for all his crimes, which included two rapes, one assault with intent to commit rape, one misdemeanor case of indecent exposure and another case of obscene crime. driving involving a 77 year old woman.
“It affects my life every day and night,” said Jane Doe 2, the homeless woman he was convicted of rape in May 2018. “When I stay at my brother’s house, I look under the beds , in the cupboards. And I’ll probably never stop. I will never feel safe inside or out. You have caused so much damage in my life.
Winslow is now heading to jail just 17 years after the Cleveland Browns selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft – a dramatic descent for a player who has lived a life of privilege but has later suffered from mental problems associated with the brain related to football. injuries, according to his lawyers.
Winslow refused to answer in court.
“Your Honor, my attorney advised me not to speak at this time,” Winslow told the judge. “But in the future, I plan to tell my story.”
Winslow was convicted of crimes against each of the five women in the case, all in San Diego County:
►Jane Doe 1 is the hitchhiker he picked up in March 2018, then drove to a parking lot behind a nearby shopping mall, where she said he raped her when she had the fifty. As part of his recent plea deal, he pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit rape against her, a violent sex crime. San Diego Assistant District Attorney Dan Owens read his statement to court.
“I can’t believe he could be so mean,” his statement said. “It really hurt me that he took advantage of me. He scared me so much knowing now that he was my neighbor, and I couldn’t believe that an NFL football player would take advantage of me. . Hope you serve the 14 year old, and it really does impact your life if (you) ever go out. Hope you get the help you need. “
►Jane Doe 2 is the homeless woman he befriended in his late 50s. She said he took her to a dark place by the side of the road in May 2018, when he strangled and raped her in the passenger seat of his vehicle. In June 2019, a jury sentenced her for raping her.
►Jane Doe 3 is a woman, then in her late fifties, who was gardening in her yard in the Winslow neighborhood in May 2018. She said that a man matching Winslow’s description pulled his pants down in front of her. Digital evidence from the Strava bike app placed him near the scene at the time. The jury in June 2019 then sentenced him for the offense of indecent exposure. She did not address the court with a statement on Wednesday. Bowman called the crime “brazen”.
“You had your bike app that you were tracking your location on at the time you committed this indecent exposure,” Bowman told him.
►Jane Doe 4 is a former acquaintance who said Winslow raped her at a party while she was unconscious in 2003 when she was 17 and 19. load.
“The sadness of reliving the act and having me speak out loud about this horrible time in my life not only affected my life but also my family,” Jane Doe said on Wednesday, fighting back the tears. She said it angered her husband and forced her children to watch her “cry and be quiet because I am reliving this moment 24/7”.
►Jane Doe 5, then 77, said Winslow made an obscene gesture to him at a local gym in February 2019, as he was released on bail pending trial on other charges. The jury in June 2019 convicted him of obscene conduct.
“He’s someone who was allowed to use his financial privilege and fame to escape jail while awaiting trial, that’s when he assaulted me,” Jane said Wednesday. Doe 5. “It shows that he is an accused who does not learn from his mistakes, who shows no respect for our laws.”
Winslow has been in jail without bail since March 2019 – time that will count towards his sentence.
He earned around $ 40 million during his NFL career after playing at the University of Miami. Prior to that, he grew up in San Diego County, where his namesake father became a Hall of Fame member for the San Diego Chargers. Winslow Sr., 63, has attended her son’s legal proceedings throughout the case. He had previously told the court in a letter that his son was a “good man with a huge heart” but struggled with depression and “needed rehabilitation more than punishment”.
At the 2019 trial, as Winslow battled the charges, his lawyers described the women as being wrong, wanting to get his money or that the sex was consensual, not rape.
After his convictions, the strategy changed as the law allowed more leeway to use mental health as a mitigating factor to reduce his sentence. They said he suffered perhaps more than 1,000 blows to the head during his football career, including middle school and high school. They also said he had frontal lobe damage and symptoms associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is linked to football head trauma.
His lawyer, Marc Carlos, noted Wednesday that the frontal lobe is linked to impulse control. He called his client’s behavior in these cases a “head scratching” and said he needed treatment for his mental health.
“Imagine wearing a helmet, putting on a helmet and hitting a brick wall five feet away,” Carlos told the judge. “Do this every day for 10 years, and that’s what Mr. Winslow was facing. You’ve got a muscular 260-pound athlete who, every part of the game, suffers from some sort of head trauma.”
Winslow’s wife filed for divorce after being convicted in her first trial in 2019. They have two children: a son, now 10, and a daughter, 7.