Langdon Street attacker of UW student pleads guilty in plea deal

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MADISON (WKOW) — The man charged in connection with a brutal attack of a woman Feb. 3 on Langdon Street agreed plead guilty Monday to three felony crimes as the result of a plea agreement: two counts of reckless endangering safety and substantial battery.

Jerome Winslow, 22, was arrested Feb. 6 after an extensive search by police of downtown surveillance cameras.

He was originally charged with five felonies. The plea agreement allows Dane County Judge Susan Crawford to consider dismissed charges of attempted sexual assault and false imprisonment when she sentences Winslow.

The victim, a 19-year-old UW-Madison student, was grabbed from behind and beaten, police said.

“You struck her in the face or head, and then dragged her initially by the feet and later by the hands away from the street,” Crawford says.

Winslow was quiet during the hearing except to plead guilty and assure the judge he understood the legal ramifications of his pleas.

Winslow faced a charge of attempted second-degree sexual assault with the use of force, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, one count of substantial battery and one count of false imprisonment.

Before the attack, the complaint states Winslow trespassed into a Langdon Street fraternity house, and followed a separate woman, who was able to get safely inside a building.

The complaint states city surveillance cameras in the Langdon Street area captured the attack against the student, and Winslow dragging her.

“Officer…observed (on video) the suspect dragging the Victim in the street by her ankles/legs from the corner of Langdon Street,” the complaint says. “The suspect continued to drag the victim toward the lake down the hill.”

The complaint says Winslow told police interrogators he dropped the victim near the lake “…because he didn’t want someone to walk past and call the cops.” The complaint states Winslow told police he punched the victim at least three times.

Court records say the victim’s jaw was broken and a bone near her eye damaged, both requiring surgery, among other injuries.

In February, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said Winslow is no stranger to officers, or to crime, and regrets Winslow’s previous convictions have involved relative leniency.

Online state court records show a Dane County judge sentenced Winslow to three years probation in June 2017 for felony battery, after Winslow head-butted a Madison Police officer at a downtown bar.

Two months later, records show a Jefferson County judge decided against imposing a prison sentence for Winslow in an armed robbery case, and instead gave him six months in jail as part of two years probation. Winslow put a gun to the head of a student on a UW-Whitewater campus in a drug deal gone bad.

Court records show Winslow faces a combination of prison and extended supervision totaling twenty-seven years as a possible, maximum punishment for his crimes against the UW-Madison student.  The plea agreement does not require prosecutors to cap the amount of prison time they recommend to the judge.

The victim’s father listened to Monday’s hearing through the court’s telephone and is expected to make a statement on the impact of Winslow’s crimes on his daughter and their family when Winslow is sentenced Sept. 4.

Tony Galli

Tony Galli

Reporter, WKOW

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