Andersen, Tate & Carr criminal defense attorneys Patrick McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark recently walked CourtTV viewers through all the proceedings of a high-profile trial. Mr. McDonough and Ms. Hundredmark were on-air to analyze the opening statements and deliberations in the Kellen Winslow, Jr. rape trial.
Click here to watch Patrick McDonough weigh-in on opening statements. Click here to watch Trinity Hundredmark’s thoughts on the partial verdict in the trial.
The former NFL star, who earned as much as $40 million dollars, was convicted of three of the 12 counts, most significantly the felony rape of a 58-year-old homeless woman on the side of a road north of San Diego. Winslow faces up to eight years in prison on that charge and must register as a sex offender.
His two other convictions are for misdemeanor indecent exposure and misdemeanor lewd conduct, each involving different women, both 57-years-old. Those charges carry a maximum term of six months each.
After deliberating for six days, the jury said it was deadlocked and could not reach a verdict on those charges in a rape trial that could have sent Winslow to prison for the rest of his life.
“Given the jury’s deadlock on two of the five Jane Does, I would consider this case to be a defense success,” says Hundredmark.
“Though he was found guilty of three crimes, he’s currently only looking at a maximum of nine years in prison, and it’s doubtful he would have to do the entire time. The fact that the jury couldn’t find him guilty of multiple rape charges saves him from the life sentence he was facing. That is a huge win for the defense and Winslow.”
Mr. McDonough agrees although Winslow will do prison time, he was able to avoid a stiffer sentence.
“This was a classic jury compromise. From the State side they believe they have a serial rapist. Surely, they are not satisfied. From the Defense side the fact their client is going to prison for years seems hardly a win, but they did avoid a life sentence, “ says McDonough.
Both of the veteran criminal defense attorneys feel this will not be the last legal wrangling Winslow will face.
“I believe the State [of California] will pursue charges related to Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #4 a second time.” says Hundredmark.
“The interesting thing about a retrial is both sides know exactly what the other is going to argue. They know what worked and what did not work. The lawyer that has the ability to adapt is the one that will prevail,” McDonough says.
Together, McDonough and Hundredmark bring over 30 years of legal experience to CourtTV viewers. For more information about ATC’s criminal defense division, or to request a case evaluation, contact our law offices at 770-822-0900.
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