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11:41 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Ex-Cowboy Josh Brent Gets 6 Months In Jail, 10 Years Of Probation

The sentence is set for former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent: He'll serve 180 days of jail and 10 years of probation, and pay a $10,000 fine for intoxication manslaughter in the December 2012 death of teammate Jerry Brown Jr.

Brent and Brown were heading home from a nightclub, where they had partied with other Cowboy players, when Brent lost control of his Mercedes. He was found to have a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

The KERA Radio story

Here's an earlier story -- from Wednesday -- that outlines the conviction and what happened back in December 2012.

The Associated Press reports:

Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent avoided prison Friday and instead was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.

Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent's car. Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

Brent, who turns 26 next week, closed his eyes when the judge read the jury's verdict. He remained in custody after the hearing.

One of his attorneys, Kevin Brooks, described the former defensive tackle as "somber."

"I'm really kind of overwhelmed with the results," Brooks said. "It's kind of what we've been fighting for from Day 1. I'm happy for Josh. Josh is still sad and grieving and that's something he's going to carry with him the rest of his life."

Brent's family members of cried and hugged as the courtroom emptied after the hearing. His mother, LaTasha Brent, spoke briefly as she left the courthouse, saying she was there to support her son.

Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, wasn't in the courtroom when the verdict was read. She publicly forgave Brent, and when asked during the sentencing proceedings if she holds him responsible for her son's death, she said: "He's still responsible, but you can't go on in life holding a grudge. We all make mistakes."

The Dallas Morning News is also covering the story.