The former NFL star kellen winslow jr now has an interesting argument for a shorter prison sentence. In a hand-written habeas corpus petition, Winslow cites a new state law in conjunction with alleged trauma from his football career to justify a reduced jail term. The California initiative, Assembly Bill 124, is designed to reduce prison sentences through plea bargaining and re-sentencing.
The 37-year-old former Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end was convicted of multiple rapes and sexual offenses involving five women in Southern California. He pleaded guilty to forcible rape of a homeless woman in San Diego, sexual battery of an unconscious hitchhiker and lewd conduct in public with a 77-year-old female at a gym in February 2019. Winslow faced up to life behind bars, but he was given 14 years as part of his plea deal.
His sex crimes shocked his friends, family and fans who couldn’t understand how someone with so much promise and enough money to last several lifetimes descended into such darkness. Winslow’s behavior went back a long way, and he could face additional legal troubles in the coming months, as well.
The former first-round draft pick, who made about $40 million in his pro football career from 2004 to 2013, is facing a civil lawsuit from the 77-year-old female victim of his lewd conduct at Crunch Fitness. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages from the ex-NFL player. A jury will hear the case in March.