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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.