Former Dallas Cowboy player Josh Brent convicted of intoxication manslaughter
Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter for a car wreck that killed his close friend and teammate Jerry Brown.
The December 2012 car accident occurred after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players.
Jurors took about nine hours over two days to convict Brent, who was led from the courtroom in handcuffs as family members sitting in the front row of the gallery sobbed.
Among those sitting with Brent’s family was Stacey Jackson, Brown’s mother. Jackson did not respond to questions as she left the courtroom Wednesday with Brent’s family, but she has said in interviews that she’s forgiven Brent and could testify in support of a lighter sentence for him when that phase of the trial begins Thursday.
All attorneys involved in the case remain under a gag order that prevents them from commenting after the proceedings.
Prosecutors say Brent was drunk when he crashed his Mercedes on a suburban Dallas highway, killing Brown. Officers arriving at the scene saw Brent attempting to pull Brown’s body from the wreckage.
His blood alcohol level was tested after the crash and peeked at 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in the state. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
UPDATE: Josh Brent has been sentenced to 180 in prison and 10 years of probation in connection with the killing of Jerry Brown.
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