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    Posted: Jan 24 2014 at 2:17pm
 he was facing 20 years.




Josh Brent sentenced to 180 days in jail, 10 years of probation


DALLAS -- Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.

Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent's car. Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

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Josh Brent, left, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a December 2012 wreck that killed teammate and friend Jerry Brown.

Brent, a defensive tackle, and Brown, a linebacker on the practice squad, also played together at Illinois. They were headed home from a night of partying when Brent lost control of his Mercedes and crashed. Officers who arrived on scene saw Brent trying to pull Brown's body from the wreckage.

Blood tests pegged Brent's blood alcohol content at 0.18 percent, which is more than twice the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent. Prosecutors told jurors that the 320-pound Brent had as many as 17 drinks on the night of the crash.

One of Brent's attorneys, George Milner, argued that Brent wasn't drunk and was only "guilty of being stupid behind the wheel of a car." He contended that Brent couldn't have had nearly as much to drink as prosecutors said and that the police blood tests were flawed.

Brent's attorneys pushed their case for probation Thursday, calling a Dallas County official who testified that the county currently has 34 intoxication manslaughter cases that resulted in probation.

Kevin Brooks, one of Brent's attorneys, said the one-time defensive tackle would be easy to monitor because of "who he is and who he was." Brent retired from football last year.

Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, also has publicly forgiven Brent. When asked Thursday if she holds Brent responsible for her son's death, she said: "He's still responsible, but you can't go on in life holding a grudge. We all make mistakes."

Prosecutors pushed for prison time for Brent, who went to trial only weeks after another Texas intoxication manslaughter case sparked widespread public outrage. In that case, a defense expert argued that the defendant, a 17-year-old male who caused a drunken crash that killed four people, deserved leniency because his parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility -- a condition the expert termed "affluenza." The teen wasn't given prison time.

On Thursday, prosecutor Rebecca Dodds emphasized Brent's 2009 drunken driving arrest in Illinois to press the state's argument that he deserves prison time. In that case, he served 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

"Probation doesn't work for Josh Brent," Dodds told the jury during closing statements in the punishment phase.

Brent played in all 12 games for the Cowboys in 2012 before the crash. Brown made the practice squad that season.


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Ijs imo no shade this guy looks like he is on the low end of the IQ scale.

Anywho, multiple DUIs? 10 years probation? He'll mess up and be back in jail.Ermm

ETA: Too bad he didn't have affluenza.

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Originally posted by carolina cutie carolina cutie wrote:

Ijs imo no shade this guy looks like he is on the low end of the IQ scale.

Anywho, multiple DUIs? 10 years probation? He'll mess up and be back in jail.Ermm


sad to say it but I think so too. May be out of guilt. I knew a teen who was involved with something like this;  his best friend died in a car that he was driving (stolen car). The friend's mom was very forgiving and said she didn't blame him for her son's death. he didn't go to prison. But after that, he went into a depression or something and started doing all sorts of things to get himself in trouble. I don't think he ever got over it. Now he's in prison  for something else.


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Originally posted by carolina cutie carolina cutie wrote:

Ijs imo no shade this guy looks like he is on the low end of the IQ scale.

Anywho, multiple DUIs? 10 years probation? He'll mess up and be back in jail.Ermm

ETA: Too bad he didn't have affluenza.


yeah right. I was watching something last night and a commentator said it would be hard for them to give him a long sentence after that other kid in the same area had just gotten off for killing people while driving drunk under the affluenza defense. I honestly thought they would find a way to give him the max though since he's Black and all.
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He is done, if he does not go back to jai he will be a bouncer but his football career is DONE.
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He should have received more time. Drunk drivers irk my nerves, I'm glad his football career will be over.

He's a repeat offender.. Call a cab or use a designated driver.

Dallas highways are like German autobahns at night. Everyone is going nowhere super fast. Especially on the weekend nights - drunk drivers.. that are speeding.

This July will mark the 4 year anniversary of the worst night of my life. A drunk driver nearly killed me while driving on the highway!


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