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Ex-NFL DT Josh Brent leaves jail for drunken crash

Josh Brent Released From Jail


DALLAS (AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys tackle Josh Brent was released from jail on Sunday following his conviction for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown, the Dallas County sheriff's office said.

The 26-year-old Brent was convicted in January of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a Cowboys practice squad player. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years' probation. It was not immediately clear whether he would be required to report to a rehab facility to complete his six-month sentence, which was expected to end in July.

Brent crashed his Mercedes sedan on a suburban Dallas highway on the way back from a nightclub. Brown was in the passenger's seat. Witnesses recalled seeing Brent trying to pull Brown from the wreckage of the vehicle.

Tests later showed Brent to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Texas.

Brent faced up to 20 years in prison for intoxication manslaughter, and prosecutors pressed hard for prison time, saying his case would send a message to other would-be drunken drivers.

But Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, testified she had forgiven Brent and that "you can't go on in life holding a grudge."

Brent and Brown were college teammates at the University of Illinois and roommates in Texas, where Brown was a practice squad linebacker for the Cowboys.

Brent was a defensive tackle for the Cowboys. He retired from the NFL months before his January trial, though he could attempt to be reinstated now that he has been released. It's unclear whether the NFL will suspend him before he can play again.

At least one Cowboys player, linebacker Sean Lee, attended part of Brent's trial, and owner Jerry Jones has said he is supportive of Brent.

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ddstan1120 June 15 2014 at 5:34 PM

Just in time for workouts with his old team.
Any "ordinary" human being would still be doing 5 to 10 in prison.

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napa422 June 15 2014 at 5:32 PM

NFL....THE NATIONAL FELIONS LEAGUE IS ALIVE AND WELL!!

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depaul878 June 15 2014 at 5:23 PM

What a joke of a sentence. This just proves once again and again and again, if you have money or in sports, it is a different kind of justice. Forgiveness is one thing...

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John depaul878 June 15 2014 at 6:05 PM

$$$$$ Wins it every time. Maybe he ate too much in jail and the jail system couldn't afford his being there any longer. People with money never pay the same price as regular human beings after they commit a crime.

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bailey.willie June 15 2014 at 7:25 PM

ANOTHER NFL THUG FREED BY ERIC HOLDER AND HIS GOLFING BUDDY. THE WORLD IS GOING TO HELL AND OUR GREAT LEADER HA HA. IS OUT PLAYING GOLF AND FUND RAISING FOR THE DEMOCRATS. WHAT A JOKE. WAKE UP AMERICA TIME FOR HIM TO GO

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gudtip June 15 2014 at 5:21 PM

needs to pay restitution to the family never mind the hand slapping

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djrobins gudtip June 16 2014 at 3:50 AM

And, what’s the suggested restitution?

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junior gudtip June 16 2014 at 11:07 AM

How do you think he got off with such a light sentence? He paid that family dearly.

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akparadise2000 June 15 2014 at 8:15 PM

Give me a break....been anyone else and you'd have to hunt the key to the cell. Recent case....the truck driver that hit the comic....They are trying to nail him for murder...was an accident. No wonder this country has gone to hell.

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kuromi akparadise2000 June 16 2014 at 3:33 AM

It is the law. It is not some plan to get him. The trucks driver's own records show how negligent he was. From truck driving school, he should know that his license could be suspended JUST for neglecting to sleep and follow the rules. On top of that he was involved in an accident where people died. There is no separate laws for traffic deaths. A death in a car crash is murder. Get familiar with the law.

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junior kuromi June 16 2014 at 11:08 AM

Not true. There are plenty of laws that separate the rich from the poor, they are just not written laws. Ask a rich white boy in Texas how much time he did for KILLING 4.

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k9minds4recovery June 15 2014 at 5:39 PM

If it had been a person from middle America we would be in prison for a long time... Please stop thinking that (Ds) are watching out for middle America more than (Rs)... They are both bought and paid for. As a "Robber Baron" once said; "Why would I want to be president? You can only be president for 8 years; you can own one for a lifetime."

I’m a US citizen via the US Army in ’93; former Spetsnaz GRU, former US Army Ranger (Mogadishu 1st SFOD-D, Balkans, TF88 in Iraq II) retired Colonel O6 2009 when the new CIC reinvaded Afghanistan (losing twice in Afghanistan was too much to ask). Now a partner in a risk management firm; living through the governmental collapse of a “Super Power” makes my presentations to the world’s .025%ers quite compelling.

US DOD budget is more than the next 13 countries; China, Russia, UK, France, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Brazil, Italy, South Korea, Australia and Canada. Which country is acting more like the defunct Soviet Union: US or Russia?

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napa422 June 15 2014 at 5:21 PM

man, he look like a savage!!!

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Carol napa422 June 16 2014 at 12:59 AM

He looks like a teddy bear to me. looks mean nothing.

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wnagle53 June 15 2014 at 5:02 PM

is Dallas shot on defensive tackles?

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James wnagle53 June 15 2014 at 5:11 PM

I wouldn't be too shocked or surprised to see him playing in The NFL again at some point during the 2015 season....Maybe not for The Cowboys....

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John James June 15 2014 at 6:08 PM

Money will always win.

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REDTAG wnagle53 June 16 2014 at 2:22 AM

Just plain shot.

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moooooooooochelle June 15 2014 at 9:08 PM

I THOUGHT YOU HAD TO HAVE AT LEAST EIGHT DUI's BEFORE YOU DID ANY JAIL TIME

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