Ex-NFL Player Kellen Winslow Jr. Accepts New Plea Deal of 14 Years in Jail for Sex Crimes

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Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. agreed to a new plea deal on Friday that keeps him behind bars for 14 years 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, per USA TODAY

Winslow, 37, appeared remotely before Judge Blaine Bowman of the San Diego Superior Court to accept his new plea deal that replaces his prior one from Nov. 2019. 

Kellen Winslow Jr. appears in court.

In 2019, Winslow pleaded guilty to rape and sexual battery charges with hopes of avoiding spending life in prison. He was previously set to spend anywhere from 12 to 18 years behind bars to be determined by the judge after a sentencing hearing, USA TODAY reports

His new plea deal on Friday also came with a new twist in that Winslow assaulted a hitchhiker with the intent to commit rape of a 50-year-old woman in 2018. The new plea that he accepted on Friday replaces the plea he made in 2018 for sexual battery against the same woman.  

As the hearing was coming to a close, Winslow asked Bowman if he went to trial would he have a jury of his peers who are "people of color." Winslow's attorneys had previously brought this issue up in 2018.

Bowman said that this was not an issue in the hearing. From there, the judge called a recess to allow for Winslow to talk with his attorney about the new plea deal.

Winslow accepted and his sentencing will take place on March 3.

A longform story published in 2019 details Winslow's history of heinous crimes.