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Ex-Cowboy Brent gets 180 days in jail, 10 years probation

Josh Brent Sentenced To Jail


DALLAS (AP) -- 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.

Brent, a Cowboys defensive tackle, and Brown, a linebacker on the practice squad, also played together at the University of Illinois and were close friends. They were headed home from a night of partying Dallas teammates 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 to drive of 0.08 percent. Prosecutors told jurors that the burly, 320-pound lineman 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 he had, 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, has also 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 are pushing 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 boy 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," prosecutor Rebecca 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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meridiangirl77 January 24 2014 at 2:34 PM

It's called Affluenza. This is what the young mans defense Attorney used when he was drunk driving and killed (4) people. Affluenza causes them to do crazy things and therefore they are granted a much lighter sentence than everyday people. People who do not have money or power would get 10 to 20 years.

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ibeyour1 meridiangirl77 January 24 2014 at 2:38 PM

And he'll be let out in a month or less

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Dan Hartman January 24 2014 at 7:38 PM

Shows you that justice is for those who can afford it !!

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jn24 Dan Hartman January 24 2014 at 8:17 PM

and I believe you are so right,depends who and what you are and how much money you have.Joe

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patricia720205 January 24 2014 at 7:20 PM

HIS SENTENCE IS A JOKE......10 YEARS PROBATION WILL MEAN NOTHING TO HIM......HE WILL BE ARRESTED AGAIN WITHIN 1 YEAR.....WONDER HOW MUCH JERRY JONES PAID THE JUDGE TO GO EASY ON A FORMER PLAYER???????? THINK ABOUT IT.........

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jn24 patricia720205 January 24 2014 at 8:22 PM

Hi Patricia
I am 100 % sure he had a lot too do with the sentice

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brian jn24 January 24 2014 at 8:36 PM

Why would Jerry Jones help someone that killed a teammate. He was released shortly afterwards. You think he was cut and then the owner helped? Think before you say stupid ****.

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Patricia Brown January 24 2014 at 2:53 PM

i guess it's good to be rich and can get out of things!!! 180 what a slap in the face for the family sure he will have to live with it for the rest of his life but he should give up the rest of his life as well SO not cool TX!!!
I lost a niece to a drunk driver who killed her and her best friend and left her other friend in a wheel chair and he got 9 years where is the justice..?????

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Anne Boleyns Crown Patricia Brown January 24 2014 at 2:55 PM

Most likely, the passenger that died had been drinking, too. We weren't in court to hear all the facts so yea, it looks nuts for someone to only get 180 days in jail. But Casey Anthony got a whole lot less. : (

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karambee Anne Boleyns Crown January 24 2014 at 3:01 PM

What difference does the passenger's drinking make?

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Anne Boleyns Crown Patricia Brown January 24 2014 at 3:16 PM

Karambee...You can't go to court with your hands dirty, so to speak. You want someone to pay for the wrong they did but you can be in the wrong, too. What if the passenger had been drinking and the car accident happend? The outcome would have been the same. That is, if that's what happend. I don't know, I wasn't in the car or on the jury. Just saying the sentence speaks to this not being malicious in it's intent.

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jle2024600 January 24 2014 at 2:53 PM

The judge gives him a slap on the wrist. Unless he goes to rehab and AA when he gets out he will do it again. He should have received at least 2 years hard time plus the probation.

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dave1marine January 24 2014 at 2:55 PM

This makes me wonder just how many people in this country lose complete faith in our justice system every time crap like this occurs. It's not just Texas either. I don't give a damn WHAT State it is, it seems that if you are in the right camp, such as celebrities, professional sports, politics, a wealthy family, etc., the blindfold comes off of the statue of justice and the scales are tipped in their favor. This just makes me want to hurl...

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viper95614 January 24 2014 at 2:59 PM

This makes me ill......I agree with dave. There really is no real justice in this country in my opinion. it's who you are etc etc........

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Joseph L viper95614 January 24 2014 at 3:15 PM

AMEN!...

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seattle333 January 24 2014 at 6:51 PM

Where are Mothers Against Drunk Drivers???????????????? 32,000 plus people died in drunk driving accidents in 2011. This is a national disgrace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The judge should be impeached including the idiot one in the "affluenza" case.

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rodneyvgt January 24 2014 at 6:46 PM

drive drunk and no one wins, only losers in this whole mess

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karambee January 24 2014 at 3:00 PM

I understand the sentiments of the familes and they had forgiven each other. But 180 days is not enought time for causing the death of another person by driving under the influence. Six years (actually served with no good time) and ten years probation with mandatory alcohol testing and the the monitor on his car etc... maybe. Because it is not just about his friend that he killed. It is about who he kills next if he drinks and drives...because he was released after 6 months.

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Joseph L karambee January 24 2014 at 3:14 PM

What about the 17 year old who killed four(4) people! We aren't hypocrites, are we?

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mrkite129 Joseph L January 24 2014 at 3:23 PM

No, juveniles have always had a separate set of laws, courts and legal consequences.

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