Former Dallas Cowboys tackle Josh Brent avoided prison and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown, the Associated Press reports. Brent, 25, could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. He was also fined $10,000. Prosecutors were pushing for prison time for Brent, whose trial came soon after a teenage boy in neighboring Tarrant County gotno prison time for an intoxication manslaughter conviction in a drunken crash that killed four people.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, whose headquarters isn’t far from the spot where Brent crashed, said it was “shocked and appalled” by the athlete’s sentence. “This punishment sends the message that it’s OK to drink and drive — but it’s absolutely not,” MADD said. Judge Robert Burns, mentioning a 2009 Brent drunk-driving conviction in Illinois, said Brent’s actions “bring shame to the city of Dallas.” Sentencing blogger Douglas Berman of Ohio State University noted that former NFL receiver Sam Hurd recently was sentenced to a term 30 times more than Brent (15 years) in a federal drug-sales case.