A judge has sentenced ex-NFL star Kellen Winslow II to 14 years in prison for “brazen” attacks, including multiple rapes, on five women in California and called the father of two a “sexual predator” who hunted vulnerable victims.
The 37-year-old, who was once the highest-paid tight end in the NFL and was called up to the 2007 Pro Bowl during his four-year tenure with the Cleveland Browns, said he was previously advised not to speak to his attorneys on hearing his conviction violent rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure and indecent behavior in public.
The violent rape was directed against a homeless woman in his hometown north of San Diego. Five women made statements, and the court heard via videoconference that Winslow had continued to hunt women after his first arrest.
The son of the legend of Los Angeles Chargers, Kellen Winslow, played a naughty act in front of a 77-year-old woman in a gym, hiding his GPS surveillance wristband with a towel, and while doing so, sat down with a 57-year-old neighbor who was gardening.
“The victim’s vulnerability was not an accident,” said Blaine Bowman, San Diego County Supreme Court Justice.
“It was the type of victim you went to see yourself because you felt that you might not report the crime” or “the jury would not consider it credible”.
Winslow’s attorney Marc Carlos reportedly said his client was “off the rails” after suffering head trauma during his nine-year senior career that ended in 2013.
The wife of the father of two filed for divorce after his conviction. He faced 18 years in prison, but the sentence was reduced when both sides agreed to reduce the sexual battery charge in order to attack with the intent to commit rape.
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“This is someone who was allowed to use his financial privilege and fame to escape prison while waiting for the trial. Then he made me a victim,” the 77-year-old woman said on Wednesday.
“It shows that this is a defendant who does not learn from his mistakes and who does not respect our laws.”
Carlos reported that his client has taken responsibility and will seek help while Winslow has been instructed to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Winslow also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, and New York Jets.
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