Former Cowboy DT Brent sentenced to 180 days in prison

1/24/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

After two days of deliberation, Josh Brent was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter by a Dallas County jury on Thursday. The conviction carried a maximum sentence of 20 years, so Brent was likely on the edge of his seat over the past 24 hours. Fortunately for Brent and his family, the verdict was ten years of probation. In the state of Texas, 180 days in prison are mandatory when you get probation, so Brent will be serving some jail time, but he did get off pretty easy and his family was seen hugging in court after his punishment was announced.

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 SportsFor those who don't know or forgot, Brent - a defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys at the time - was driving drunk back in December of 2012. Brent flipped his car while traveling at a high speed that night, killing teammate and close friend Jerry Brown. Brent - who had 1.5 sacks, a batted pass, and a forced fumble in 12 games before the incident - was immediately taken to the hospital, where it was confirmed that he was under the influence of alcohol.

Both Brent's lawyer and mother have expressed uncertainty in Brent's football future, as he has reportedly not talked about football since being arrested. The Cowboys, however, seem to be open to possibly re-signing the 25-year-old in the future. If Brent does want to play in the NFL again, he will have to face a possible suspension, but his 180 days in jail will likely account for his punishment.

While 180 days in jail may seem like a slap on the wrist for a very serious crime, consider that Brent derailed (or severely stalled) his career and lost one of his best friends while having to live with the fact that his mistake cost Brown his life. I think he's learned his lesson.
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