Eva Knott

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A fateful ride with Kellen Winslow, Jr.

Kellen Winslow Jr., 36, made a plea deal on the day the jury was set to hear opening statements from attorneys in his second rape trial, on Monday, November 4, 2019.Prosecutor Dan Owens said that Winslow Jr. avoided a possible life-in-prison sentence, and would now face from 12 to 18 years in prison. The defendant was facing 9 years in prison after convictions in his first trial, the prosecutor said. In the plea deal, Winslow Jr. admitted having sexual intercourse with Jane Doe 4 in 2003, when she was 17 and he was 19, and that victim was a minor who was unconscious during the act.The defendant also admitted “sexual battery” on Jane Doe 1, the 54-year-old hitchhiker who testified (during the first trial) that she was raped in the defendant’s vehicle. In exchange for the guilty plea to two counts, the remaining counts were dismissed. At the conclusion of his first trial last June, the jury found Winslow Jr. guilty of one felony rape and two misdemeanor lewd acts, those crimes against three different Jane Does. The first jury could not come to unanimous conclusion for 8 other counts. Some of those charges were set to be heard again by a new jury, this week in San Diego County Superior court. But the new jury of 6 men and 6 women never heard any evidence. Honorable judge Blaine Bowman carefully read all parts of the plea deal form to the defendant, to confirm his agreement. The defendant made long pauses, and often looked to his father Kellen Winslow Senior, seated behind him in the front row of the courtroom gallery. And Winslow Jr. often asked for parts of the plea deal to be read again to him, and then he hesitated before he responded. Especially there was a long wait when the defendant was asked if he waived his right to a jury trial. “We are ready to give you a jury trial, right now,” the judge said. Kellen Winslow Jr. then had a long discussion with his two lead attorneys, Marc Carlos and Gretchen Von Helms. The judge repeatedly told the defendant that he did not have to waive any of his rights, and they could proceed immediately with the trial, and that the jury was waiting outside in the hallway.The judge revealed that, “We started these (plea deal) discussions this morning.” And that he gave the defendant two hours over the lunch break to confer with his attorneys and both his parents, before the plea deal agreement was confirmed on the record Monday afternoon. As part of the plea deal, the defendant agreed not to challenge nor appeal his convictions from his first rape trial. Jury selection for the second trial began two weeks ago, on October 21, starting with a pool of 172 potential jurors. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2019... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2019... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2019...
— November 5, 2019 5:56 p.m.

A fateful ride with Kellen Winslow, Jr.

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