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Former Browns’ TE Kellen Winslow, Jr. found guilty of rape

Guilty verdict one of many for the former first-rounder

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Former Browns’ first-round selection Kellen Winslow, Jr. has been found guilty of several charges with the most serious a conviction of rape during his trial in San Diego, California according to a story in the San Diego Union Tribune.

After a lengthy trial that is ongoing, the North County jury deliberated and was able to find Winslow, Jr. guilty of rape of a 58-year old woman, plus guilty of lewd conduct and also indecent exposure, both misdemeanors. He was found not guilty of one count of a lewd act.

With the guilty verdicts, he is facing up to nine years in prison.

The jury is still deliberating on eight counts with connections to sex crimes, but advised the judge they are deadlocked on the other charges including two other alleged rapes. Although the jury has already decided on the above four charges, if they do not reach a verdict on the remaining allegations, the judge could render a mistrial on all counts or add more time for the jury to render verdicts.

The lead prosecutor in the case has made reference to Winslow, Jr. as a sexual predator while the defense alleges he is simply a man that has been wrongly accused.

The jury is set to deliberate the remaining charges on Tuesday June 11.

UPDATE: On Tuesday June 11, the jury was unable to break the deadlock on the other eight charges and the judge declared a mistrial on each charge. Winslow, Jr.’s defense team made a motion to have all of those charges dismissed, but was denied. State prosecutors have not determined yet whether they will re-try him on those counts at this time.