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Former Dallas Cowboy Awaits Sentencing after Manslaughter Conviction

By Knight Law Office  Jan. 27, 2014 4:32p

Josh Brent who played occasionally for the Dallas Cowboys before resigning some months after the fatal accident was recently found guilty by a jury in the alleged DWI manslaughter case. The accident happened late at night in November 2012 when Brent was driving his fellow team mate, Jerry Brown Jr. The two were in Brent's car and travelling on a frontage road along State Highway 114 at approximately 110 mph in a 45 mph zone according to investigators. The vehicle hit a curb and Brent lost control of the car which spun out and rolled over. Brent called 911 and pulled his unresponsive friend from the vehicle. Brown died of his injuries and Brent was taken into custody after tests showed that Brent's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.189 percent, over twice the 0.08 percent limit. He was charged with intoxication manslaughter and released on $100,000 bond. There were several post-indictment incidents of allegedly being intoxicated or around alcohol which led to a ruling in May 2013 requiring that Brent use an alcohol monitoring device and have a 3:00 am curfew. In July he was jailed for a week after reportedly testing positive for marijuana. He announced his retirement from the NFL the next day. Don't face DWI or DUI charges on your own. Speak with a skilled criminal defense lawyer right away.

Brent's defense worked to dispute the test results that the ex-football player was intoxicated at the time of the fatal crash. The "science" of how the blood sample was taken as well as video allegedly showing Brent drinking alcohol earlier that evening were both argued against. The defense argued that Brent would speed on occasion and not due to intoxication and it was from hitting the curb that resulted in the crash rather than any alleged drunkenness. Brent now awaits sentencing which could result in up to 20 years in prison.

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