Josh Brent convicted of intoxication manslaughter

Reuters

Former Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent has faced a jury regarding the charge that he drove drunk the night that his friend and former teammate, Jerry Brown, died in an automobile accident.  After two days of deliberations, the jury found Brent guilty.

Via multiple reports, Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter arising from the December 2012 accident.  Brent’s blood-alcohol concentration was measured at 0.18 percent; at trial, a toxicologist testified that, based on Brent’s size, he had 17 drinks.

Brent now faces up to 20 years in prison.  He also could be placed on probation.

On appeal, Brent likely will challenge the decision to admit evidence of the compulsory blood test, given a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that attaches a warrant requirement in some circumstances to the mandatory drawing of blood.