Ex-Cowboys player gets 180 days jail for drunk-driving death

Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:46pm EST
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By Lisa Maria Garza

DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas jury sentenced former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent to 180 days in jail and 10 years probation on Friday for causing a fiery one-car crash that killed his teammate after a night of heavy drinking in 2012.

The same jury that earlier this week convicted Brent, 25, of intoxication manslaughter for the death of Jerry Brown Jr., could have sentenced him to as much as 20 years in jail.

Brent stood silently and looked at Dallas County Judge Robert Burns as he read the sentence.

Brent's mother and family burst into tears and hugged each other when the sentence was read.

But the judge had harsh words for the former defensive lineman, and for the Cowboys.

"Your actions bring shame to the city of Dallas," Burns told Brent. "Mr. Brent, you are not the first Dallas Cowboy to kill somebody with a vehicle, but I sure hope you are the last."

After a night of drinking at a private club in December 2012, Brent was driving his Mercedes at 110 mph when it slammed into a curb on a state highway, flipping the car, which caught on fire, and killing Brown, then 25.

Brent's blood alcohol level at the time was 0.189, more than double the legal limit in Texas, according to police documents.   Continued...

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