Former NFL Player Josh Brent Convicted of Intoxication Manslaughter

The Ex-Cowboys’ defensive tackle could face 20 years in prison in teammate’s death

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Former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent is put in handcuffs after he was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Dallas, for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown.

A former Dallas Cowboys player was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday for a 2012 car crash that killed a fellow teammate.

Josh Brent could spend up to 20 years in prison for the fiery wreck that killed Jerry Brown, the Associated Press reports. However, the former defensive tackle could also get probation, a far easier sentence.

The jury spent nine hours over two days deliberating the verdict before convicting him.

Prosecutors accused Brent of being drunk when he crashed his Mercedes outside Dallas in December 2012. Police say his blood alcohol level was 0.18 percent, twice the legal limit in Texas.

Brent’s lawyers countered that the blood tests were defective, arguing he could not physically drive under such conditions.

Brent, who retired from the NFL last year, had been partying with teammates earlier that evening. A video that shows Brent holding bottles of champagne was presented as evidence to the jury. Two Cowboys players testified during the trial.