Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in the death of teammate and friend, Jerry Brown. Brent and Brown were involved in a fiery car wreck in December 2012.
Josh Brent and Jerry Brown had been out in December 2012 partying with other Cowboys players. According to the prosecutors, Brent was drunk when he crashed his Mercedes.
Jerry Brown, a Cowboys practice squad linebacker was killed in the car wreck. Officers who were at the scene stated that when the first officers arrived on the scene they witnessed Brent trying to pull Brown from the wreckage.
Court documents revealed that Brent’s blood alcohol level was tested by officers shortly after the crash and was 0.18 percent which is twice the legal limit in Texas. During the trial, prosecutors told the jury that with his blood alcohol level, Brent had to have consumed at least 17 drinks before the crash.
George Milner, Brent’s attorney argues that the blood tests the police used were “faulty” and that there was no way Brent could have drunk as much as the prosecution claimed. Milner went on to say that Brent was “guilty of being stupid behind the wheel of a car”, not drinking beforehand.
Two current Dallas Cowboys players Barry Church and Danny McCray testified during the trial. They stated they were hanging out with Brent and Brown and ultimately had dinner together before going to the Dallas nightclub, Privae.
Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones said of the situation, “Certainly it’s tragic. We’ve all, to some degree; have been a part of this. We support Josh.”
“This has been just a terrible experience for the families who lost a loved one and for Josh who loved Jerry as well.”
Stacy Jackson, Brown’s mother sat with Brent’s family as the verdict was read. In an interview, Jackson said that she had forgiven Brent and would be okay with a lighter sentence.
Prosecutors Jason Hermus and Heath Harris said that this case was a textbook case of intoxication manslaughter. In closing arguments the prosecutors told the jury that a guilty verdict would send a message to drunk drivers.
Josh Brent faces up to 20 years in prison; however, he could also be sentenced to probation.
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