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Jury finds former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent guilty of intoxication manslaughter

Jury finds former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent guilty of manslaughter

Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent
Former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent faces up to 20 years in prison. sportsgrid.com
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Defensive tackle Josh Brent retired from the Dallas Cowboys in July 2013. Dallas Cowboys/Facebook
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Josh Brent was arrested multiple times in Dallas County for issues related to the 2012 death of Jerry Brown. Photo courtesy of Dallas County Sheriff's Office
Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent
Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent sacks Carolina Panther Cam Newton
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After two days of deliberations, a jury found former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent guilty of intoxication manslaughter in the death of his friend and teammate Jerry Brown.

On December 8, 2012, Brown was riding in Brent's Mercedes when he crashed the vehicle in Irving. Brent's recorded blood-alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit, and he was reportedly traveling at around 110 miles per hour. Brown's blood-alcohol reading showed he was within an acceptable range to drive.

After posting a $100,000 bond, Brent had been allowed to remain out of jail as long as he abided by the conditions of his release, including wearing an ankle monitor, not using alcohol or drugs, and meeting regularly with a county officer.

His bond was briefly revoked due to a pair of failed drug tests, and 25-year-old Brent retired from the NFL in July 2013 to focus more fully on his case. Brent's attorney, George Milner III, successfully lobbied for Brent's release from jail pending the conclusion of his trial.

After the jury's guilty verdict, Brent was handcuffed and remanded to the Dallas County jail. The jury began deliberating Brent's punishment, which ranges from probation to 20 years in prison, on January 23.