Ex-Cowboy Josh Brent Found Guilty Of Intoxication Manslaughter [Details]

Rucuss staffJanuary 23, 2014

A jury found former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent guilty of intoxication manslaughter in the death of teammate Jerry Brown Jr.

Jurors, made up of 10 women and two men, delivered the verdict on Wednesday. The jury had been deliberating since 11 a.m. Tuesday and were sequestered overnight.

The Dallas Morning News reports that after the verdict was read, Brent was handcuffed and taken away by the Dallas County Sherriff’s Department. The punishment phase begins Thursday. The same jury will decide Brent’s punishment, which could range from probation to 20 years in prison.

Brent was driving the car that flipped and killed Brown in December 2012. Brent’s blood alcohol was revealed to be 0.18, which is well over the legal limit of 0.08. A prosecution expert testified that Brent’s blood alcohol level is the equivalent of consuming 17 standard-sized drinks.

Before the fatal accident, Brent partied with other Cowboys. The prosecution showed video of the party as well as receipts for alcohol purchases. Brent told police officers at the scene that he was “œbuzzed” and also failed a roadside sobriety test.

Stacey Jackson, the mother of Brown has been present at the trial and is expected to testify for Brent during the sentencing phase. Jackson publicly forgave Brent after the accident.

Photos via USA Today

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