Former Dallas Cowboys player, Josh Brent, attends a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh
Brent has been sentenced to 180 days in jail, two days after he was found
guilty of intoxication manslaughter for a December 2012 automobile accident
that killed a former teammate.
In addition to the jail term, Brent was also given 10 years of probation. He
could have faced a 20-year prison sentence.
On Wednesday, a jury found Brent responsible for the death of Jerry Brown, a
linebacker on the Cowboys' practice squad who did not survive injuries
sustained when Brent crashed his Mercedes while driving with a blood alcohol
level well above the legal limit.
The jury reconvened on Thursday to begin deliberations for sentencing.
Brent, who appeared in 44 games over three seasons with Dallas from 2010-12,
has not played in an NFL contest since the accident. He spent the final four
weeks of the 2012 season on the reserve/non-football illness list as a result
of injuries from the incident and announced his retirement over the summer
while awaiting trial on the intoxication manslaughter charges.
The Cowboys selected Brent in the seventh round of the 2010 draft out of
Illinois, where the 25-year-old also was a teammate of Brown. He recorded 44
tackles and 1 1/2 sacks while making five starts during his tenure in Dallas.
Brown's mother had pushed for a lenient sentence after publicly forgiving
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