Ex-Cowboy Josh Brent receives 180 days in jail, 10 years probation

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by MARJORIE OWENS

WFAA

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 9:56 PM

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DALLAS — A jury sentenced Dallas Cowboys Josh Brent to 10 years probation and a $10,000 fine Friday morning.

Judge Robert Burns III added a 180-day jail sentence, which is the maximum he could add to the sentence. Brent will have to serve all 180 days ordered.

"He won't get any credit for previous back time," said Pete Schulte, an attorney who talked with News 8 about the case.

After he read the verdict, Burns had harsh words for the Dallas Cowboys.

"Sadly, Mr. Brent, you're not the first Dallas Cowboy to kill someone with a motor vehicle," Burns said. "But, I sure hope you're the last. And sadly, you're not the first Dallas Cowboy to be convicted of a felony in this past year's time, but I hope you're the last for a long time."

Brent faced up to 20 years in jail after he was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in the death of his friend and teammate Jerry Brown Jr.

The judge said Brent's "actions bring shame to the city of Dallas" and brought up his previous DWI.

"You chose the path of irresponsibility," he said. "No driver's license, no insurance — you shouldn't have even been driving a car to begin with. Not to mention the fact that you're driving while intoxicated. You chugged a bunch of alcohol, weren't wearing your seat belt [and] didn't make sure your passenger had a seat belt on."

Brent was booked into the Dallas County jail after the sentence was read.

If Brent violates his probation, Burns can order additional jail time up to 10 years.

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office issued a release Friday night to put Brent's sentence into perspective.

In the past year, 11 people were sentenced to prison on intoxication manslaughter charges, and the average sentence handed down was 15 years, according to district attorney's office spokesperson Debbie Denmon. Brent was the only one to receive probation.

In the last 10 years, 88 defendants convicted of intoxication manslaughter received prison time and 26 received probation. Of the 26 that received probation, four defendants had it revoked and served time in prison.

WFAA's Rebecca Lopez contributed to this report

 

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