Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent has been convicted of intoxication manslaughter stemming from the 2012 crash that claimed the life of teammate and friend Jerry Brown, per SportsCenter:
Former Cowboys player Josh Brent convicted of intoxication manslaughter for wreck that killed teammate Jerry Brown in 2012.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 22, 2014
Updates from Friday, Jan. 24
ESPN's Calvin Watkins provides details on Brent's sentencing:
Brent gets 180 days in jail. Brent family members hugging in court.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) January 24, 2014
Josh Brent gets 10 years but it's suspended and he gets probation for the full amount.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) January 24, 2014
Watkins also added the judge's feelings toward the case:
Judge Robert Burns rips Brent for not being first Cowboys player to get popped for DWI.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) January 24, 2014
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Clarence Hill provides a timeline:
180 days in Jail for Brent means he would be out in July, just in time for training camp, pending further punishment from the nfl— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) January 24, 2014
Watkins went on to give the district attorney's thoughts on the case:
Heath Harris Dallas'1st assistant to the DA said Brent's Cowboys' connections had nothing to do with the decision today.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) January 24, 2014
Harris said if Brent wanted to play football again he's fine with it.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) January 24, 2014
Fox 4 News in Dallas captured Brent as he was being led away from the courtroom:
All that's left now is the sentencing process.
According to a USA Today report, Brent could receive anything from probation to 20 years. However, the prosecution is likely to push for a stringent sentence in order to show that intoxication manslaughter is a serious crime and will be treated as such.
The report has some of the major details from the case that painted a picture of how Brent's night went before the crash, establishing what was the crux of the prosecution's case:
Brent retired from the NFL last year, but his ties to the Cowboys were prominent at trial. Two current players, Barry Church and Danny McCray, testified about hanging out with Brent and Brown, first playing video games, then having dinner and going to Privae, a Dallas nightclub.
Jurors saw video of Brent appearing to hold bottles of Champagne in each hand and credit-card receipts that showed Brent had purchased three bottles. They also saw police dash cam footage of Brent losing his balance during field sobriety tests and occasionally stumbling over his words while talking to officers.
Shaun Rabb of Fox 4 provides Kevin Brooks' closing argument:
Brooks: you know and I know its because he's a Dallas Cowboy. This man treated different than others in this building and that's not right— Shaun Rabb (@shaunrabbfox4) January 23, 2014
Brooks: 34 people have committed intoxication manslaughter in Dallas county and are on probation. How is his situation different?— Shaun Rabb (@shaunrabbfox4) January 23, 2014
Brent's attorney, George Milner, also argued that his client wasn't guilty of drinking before the accident, but instead "guilty of being stupid behind the wheel of a car."
Following the accident, many expressed disapproval after Brent was shown on the Cowboys sideline during their Week 15 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Some felt it was too soon after Brown's death for Brent to be hanging around the Cowboys team considering the circumstances of the tragic situation.
He was there at the behest of his teammates, but that didn't stop the league from banning him from the sidelines for the rest of the season.
At the time of the crash, Brent was beginning to work his way into the starting lineup. After playing in 22 games during his first two years in the league, he made a big jump in his third year, starting five games and making another seven appearances.
That 2012 season looked to be Brent's last even before he was convicted. In July 2013, the 25-year-old announced his retirement from the league.
Brown died at 25 years old. He was Brent's teammate at the University of Illinois in 2007 and 2008. He played just one game at linebacker for the Cowboys in 2012.