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Suspect of Langdon Street attack pleads guilty to three charges, could face up to 45 years

A 22-year-old accused of attacking woman on Langdon Street in February pleads guilty. 

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Jerome Winslow — accused of violently assaulting a woman on Langdon Street in February — pleaded guilty to two counts of recklessly endangering safety and a battery charge Monday.

Originally facing five charges, two charges of false imprisonment and second-degree sexual assault with use of force were dropped as part of Winslow’s plea deal. The dismissed charges can still be considered by the court until Sept. 4.

Winslow, 22, pleaded not guilty to five felonies in February after being arrested in connection to a violent attack on a 19-year-old UW-Madison student.

Police chief Mike Koval called the case “egregious.” Koval further expressed his disappointment that Winslow was released back into the community with so many previous charges.

"This person has had opportunities. No more. No more," Koval told the press in February.

Police believe Winslow lunged at the victim, punched her and dragged her away from the road, according to the criminal complaint. Witnesses called police after seeing a man dragging a woman who they believed needed help, court records said.

Winslow said to the police in an interview, "I did punch that girl," according to Channel 3000. Additionally, he told police the attack happened while he was drunk.

The woman suffered from a broken jaw and multiple fractures to her face that required surgery, according to the complaint. 

Winslow has various previous convictions, including disorderly conduct, battery, criminal damage to property and battery or threat to a judge, prosecutor or officer. Court documents show Winslow served no jail time for the three felonies.

Because this isn’t Winslow’s first offense, the maximum sentence could be almost 45 years. The two recklessly endangering safety charges carry an extra six-year sentence and the substantial battery charge has an additional four years attached to it. 

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