Ex Dallas Cowboys' Brent guilty of intoxication manslaughter

Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:11pm EST
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By Lisa Maria Garza

DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas jury found former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent guilty on Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for drinking heavily at a club, getting behind the wheel and causing a car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr. in December 2012.

The jury deliberated about 11 hours before reaching a verdict, and will reconvene on Thursday for sentencing. Brent faces up to 20 years in prison.

The judge revoked Brent's bond and ordered the county sheriff's office to take him into custody.

Brent, 25, remained silent and looked at the floor after the verdict was read. Members of his family wept as he was led out of the court.

Lawyers were not allowed to speak to media about the verdict and the judge did not offer any comment on the jury's decision.

Brent's lawyers had previously argued that their client had been reckless but was not drunk.

In the week-long trial, jurors saw video from the Dallas area club that showed Brent dancing and swigging from bottles of champagne.

They also saw a dashboard camera video from a police car that showed him failing a series of field sobriety checks.   Continued...

Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent enters the courtroom in Dallas, Texas January 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Stone