Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent (92) on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Former Cowboys Josh Brent receives 180 days in prison, 10 years probation


The verdict is in and former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent has been sentenced for 180 days in jail and given 10 years of probation for his role in the crash and resulting death of former teammate and friend, Jerry Brown Jr.  The jury found Brent guilty of intoxicated manslaughter and he could have faced up to 20 years in prison.  Brent was going over 110mph at the time of the wreck in addition to being extremely drunk, which resulted in a rollover and resulted in the death of Brown.

Brown’s mother, Stacy Jackson, had forgiven Brent for what he had done.  He is still responsible, but we can’t go on in life holding a grudge,” Jackson testified. “We all make mistakes.”  Jackson views Brent as a son and pleaded for jurors to forgive him.  Her testimony and forgiveness seemed to have a significant impact on the sentencing.

Josh Brent retired from the NFL not long after the incident occurred.

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  • SmartThinking

    This guy got off lucky. I hope he can pick up the pieces of his life and make something of himself.

  • Earl Robertson

    Or will we hear he got another DWI? Only time will tell

  • Scott.

    I for one do not think he will complete ten years of probation and will eventually spending years in jail when it is revoked. In regards to his light sentence. When the victims family is in support of Brent like they were and not demanding “justice” the the judge has a lot of options. It’s a lot harder for the judge to go light on someone when victims are in court everyday demanding a stern punishment.

    • SmartThinking

      I don’t hold out much hope for the man, moving forward, either. He’s going to need a lot of support to keep from falling back. And without the support system the Cowboys offered, his odds are against him. Sometimes, in situations like this, it’s almost like they want the worst for themselves. But that’s just my opinion.