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Josh Brent gets 10-year suspended sentence, probation

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A jury has sentenced former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent to 180 days in jail for his role in the death of teammate Jerry Brown.

According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, Brent was given a 10 year sentence, but it was suspended, and he’ll be placed on probation. He was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday for the crash that claimed the life of Brown, his college teammate at Illinois and a member of the Cowboys practice squad.

Brown’s family was quick to forgive Brent for his role, and for a crime that could have carried a 20-year prison term, it seems the legal system shared their view.

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  1. timbuttrum says: Jan 24, 2014 12:35 PM

    death of a person = 180 days in jail???????

  2. mrqwag says: Jan 24, 2014 12:36 PM

    What a joke.

  3. phlorioisaphag says: Jan 24, 2014 12:39 PM

    What a loser…

  4. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jan 24, 2014 12:39 PM

    I just hope he has learned from all of this.

  5. boobsmcgoo says: Jan 24, 2014 12:40 PM

    The only way the victim’s family ever sees any money from a civil judgment is if he gets back in the NFL.

  6. mathomp3 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:41 PM

    Sad story, he will have to live with it for the rest of his life.

  7. bignate181 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:41 PM

    Seriously? That’s it? What a joke!

  8. mulletcork says: Jan 24, 2014 12:42 PM

    Take a man’s life, spend 6 months in the clink. Yep, that seems fair. Way to go justice system.

  9. vader3234 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:42 PM

    I know they were friends and all but the punishment sends the wrong message. Kids might look at this and say that as long as it’s your first mistake, you can accidentally kill someone, it’s not that big a deal.

  10. jbl429 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:42 PM

    180 days and 10k for getting drunk and killing someone? Plaxico went to jail for 2 years for shooting himself in the leg and Vick got 2 years for dogfighting, but Brent murders someone and serves a half year.

    Terrible. By 2015 the Bengals and Cowboys will be bidding for his services.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 24, 2014 12:42 PM

    Judge hopes the prison time is long enough for Josh to do a 180 in the direction of his life.

  12. justafan4life says: Jan 24, 2014 12:43 PM

    Unreal…. guy gets drunk and kills his friend while driving and get 180 days. Justice system at its finest.

  13. agelardi says: Jan 24, 2014 12:43 PM

    Wow, must be nice. I’m sure he’ll fudge it up somehow.

  14. Youknowimright says: Jan 24, 2014 12:44 PM

    Hi Josh, it’s Jerry Jones. Make sure you pump weights in the slammer. We’ll see you for training camp.

  15. radioactivechimp says: Jan 24, 2014 12:44 PM

    How do NFL players always get sentences that are fractions of the length a regular person would get? Is our legal system really this broken?

  16. tarheel723 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:45 PM

    Hey Darin, for future reference: Anything less than a year= JAIL. A year or more= PRISON.

  17. ravenswhat says: Jan 24, 2014 12:45 PM

    He’ll do something to end up serving those 10 years. It’s the cowboys way.

  18. lrical says: Jan 24, 2014 12:45 PM

    I understand the sentence. Mrs brown did not want to see Brent punished. I’ve seen people kill a whole car of friends and do less time.

  19. seatownballers says: Jan 24, 2014 12:45 PM

    I get the feeling he’ll violate probation

  20. bucrightoff says: Jan 24, 2014 12:46 PM

    That’s pretty pathetic. Won’t even be remotelty shocked when he violates his probation.

  21. greenbaydean says: Jan 24, 2014 12:47 PM

    Sure glad that in Texas if you play football they make sure the punishment fits the crime… First Johnny Jolly (FYI I’m a Packer fan), now this… #joke

  22. stigman2012 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:47 PM

    As the old saying goes, if this had been one of us ordinary people, they would have thrown us under the jail house.

    SMH

  23. gward90 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:47 PM

    Why was the sentence suspended?? I swear if this was a regular person this magic wouldnt happen. Not that I think jail is ‘good’ for most people but he is not being treated as harshly as most people would be.

    What a win for extreme negligence.

  24. norseyapper says: Jan 24, 2014 12:48 PM

    Proof yet again that life is valued too little in America.
    His real penalty is to pay a $10,000 fine, which I’m sure matters less to him than it would for most us to pay a $100 speeding ticket. Beyond that, he gets probation.
    So the bottom line is: Yes, by your criminal behavior you took another person’s life. So pay a meaningless fine and don’t do it again.

  25. destinationfl says: Jan 24, 2014 12:48 PM

    whats up with texas ? ethan couch, now this joke of a sentence. why do they even have laws regarding driving impaired

  26. mcn88 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:49 PM

    He will be back with cowboys. They have been supporting him through the entire situation and he is only 25. Maybe even by next year

  27. freedomfork says: Jan 24, 2014 12:49 PM

    Its a reasonable sentence. It was an accident, albeit one caused by voluntary intoxication. The victim’s family has forgiven him. The sentence is suspended, which means if he has not learned from this, and he screws-up during the next 10 years (e.g. DUI), he’ll go to prison.

  28. theallegedone says: Jan 24, 2014 12:50 PM

    Amazing. If that were any other person on the street, automatic 10 year sentence. Because it was a pro athlete, 180 days. This is everything that’s wrong with the judicial system in this country. You have people spending LIFE in a California prison because their 3rd strike was smoking weed, but somebody takes another life and gets nothing. And no, I’m not condoning smoking weed, I’m just saying.

  29. tmatic74 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:50 PM

    Make the best of your second chance at life Brent.

  30. chapmanb2014 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:51 PM

    The part that bothers me the most was this guys actions after the accident. He continued to use drugs and drink despite having killed somebody. Hard to believe but Goodell is going to wind up coming down harder on this guy than our judicial system. This judge will have some explaining to do when this guy goes out and hurts somebody else a few years from now

  31. kd75 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:51 PM

    Dept. of Corrections couldn’t afford for feed him for the next 10 years…

  32. tribeallica says: Jan 24, 2014 12:51 PM

    So will the NFL suspend him for a year? What’s his current status? I’m sure if he were to ever get paid, he’d be giving some of his money to Brown’s family.

  33. brutusbigpaws says: Jan 24, 2014 12:52 PM

    Someone explain this the rest of us that don’t live in Texas…

  34. edahlb says: Jan 24, 2014 12:53 PM

    Sports fame and money speaks – again

  35. peymax1693 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:54 PM

    Another shining example of “justice” in Texas.

  36. diveleft says: Jan 24, 2014 12:54 PM

    The judge obviously has Cowboy season tickets.

  37. memphiscowboy says: Jan 24, 2014 12:56 PM

    Jerry’s family has supported Josh from the beginning. He is their friend, and they know the whole thing was a tragic accident.

  38. andyreidsskinnyjeans says: Jan 24, 2014 12:57 PM

    If it were any of us it would 10 years

  39. calhounlambeau says: Jan 24, 2014 12:57 PM

    The guy who died got into the car and let a drunk friend drive him. It’s not like he was an innocent victim.

  40. robertparmer says: Jan 24, 2014 12:58 PM

    Not to mention the fact he failed numerous drug test. I see probation violation coming sooner or later, guess the patriots, bengals or raiders will sign him before he even goes to jail.

  41. negativten says: Jan 24, 2014 12:58 PM

    Tragic no matter what the sentence is.

  42. eddie1mac says: Jan 24, 2014 12:59 PM

    A teenager in Texas was 2 times over the limit driving drunk killed 4 people and injured 2 others, because he came from a rich family he was sentenced to rehab, look it up. At least Brent is receiving some time in jail but the sentence is still a joke.

  43. macbull says: Jan 24, 2014 12:59 PM

    OMG… Texas Justice…what a joke!

  44. workin4theweekend says: Jan 24, 2014 1:01 PM

    Had to. After that rich white kid in Texas got probation last month after killing 4 people driving drunk…what now you are going to throw the book at this guy?

  45. p31squared says: Jan 24, 2014 1:01 PM

    He would have gotten this same sentence if he wasn’t an NFL pla…. sorry, I couldn’t finish typing that sentence without busting out laughing.

  46. doe22us says: Jan 24, 2014 1:02 PM

    The US Justice system is so backward you dont even know where to start. 6 months he will be ready for minicamp smdh, i guarantee that this fat loaf will violate his probation that is for sure.

  47. ckeeth6453 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:02 PM

    Well it’s a tragic loss of a young man’s life and only time will tell if Josh Brent can pick up the pieces of his life. It’s true he only got a 180 days in jail which seems way too short for being the primary person responsible for a death of a friend. I think he will have issues following the conditions of his probation and see him back in jail. I hope I am wrong but it seems like once some are in the system it’s just the beginning of the end. Hopefully he can get some help while he is in jail and come out with a game plan on how to tackle his future and have strong support group in place. What an amazing woman Jerry Brown’s mother is if she is any indication Jerry must have been a tremendous man.

  48. drs76109 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:04 PM

    Welcome to Texas, y’all.

  49. ande22 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:05 PM

    Do you people not understand that the punishment he got is what all previous intoxicated manslaughter cases received in the state of Texas unless they had a previous felony? Some don’t even get that many years probation. AND, this is just as much Brown’s fault. He was totally sober and chose to get in a vehicle with someone who had been drinking.

  50. Jikky Jax says: Jan 24, 2014 1:05 PM

    I’ll let Jerry Brown’s family decide if it is an appropriate sentence or not. I’m guessing it is extremely likely that this situation could have been the other way around if it was Brown, and not Brent that ended up behind the wheel that night.

  51. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 24, 2014 1:05 PM

    Drink, drive, and kill a man you get 180 days. Organize the killing of dogs and you get 2 years.

    Some people have their priorities mixed up. He could have killed much more than the person in the car with him.

  52. darthvoter says: Jan 24, 2014 1:05 PM

    You have GOT to be kidding me?? I can guarantee this – if ANY of us on this thread had done the same thing, we’d be staring down 10-20 with IMMEDIATE incarceration. But as it is in this once formerly great country, only the rich get off, us working stiffs just get put away all day long. What a travesty. So much for justice for all.

  53. kingmj4891 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:07 PM

    Had that been me or you instead of Josh Brent we would be looking at 10-20 years with no suspended sentence.

  54. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:07 PM

    Wow that’s disgusting. Judge must be a Cowboys fan. If I did that here in RI I’d be in jail for 5-10 years.

    I feel very strongly the NFL should not let him play during the 10 year period his sentence is under suspension.

    Will also not be the slightest bit surprised if he get another DUI and ends up in jail anyway.

  55. kingcarlbanks says: Jan 24, 2014 1:08 PM

    This the same justice system that will let a man shoot a unarmed teen walk. Or a woman who murdered her child. I’m surprised he actually got any jail time at all.

  56. Dexter Morgan says: Jan 24, 2014 1:08 PM

    180 days in jail, so you are saying sometime in August, this dude will be getting busted for DUI…

  57. lgpolo says: Jan 24, 2014 1:08 PM

    Well this is another fail of the justice system but why are you all stunned? This is the same Texas justice system that allowed probation for a teen that killed Four* people under the influence of alcohol to walk away with no jail time. Just probation.

  58. abnparatrooper says: Jan 24, 2014 1:09 PM

    WOW! Talk about barely a slap on the wrist. He should just be glad he didn’t shot himself or run a dog fighting ring, because those are serious crimes. Unlike killing another person. Hernandez should get his lawyers.

  59. zinn22 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:09 PM

    I am very happy to hear the sentence. There is no reason to put this man in jail. The victim’s family does not want it. Both him and his best friend are to blame for allowing him to drive. They both consented to it and took the risk of Brent driving. He killed is best friend there is no worse punishment than that.

    No one would have benefited by incarcerating Brent. Maybe one life can be saved from this tragedy. Hopefully Brent can get his life back in order and repay the trust the jury gave him by helping other people.

    I have to give Jetty Jones and the Cowboys credit for doing the hard thing here and standing by and supporting Brent. It would have been so easy for them to side with the mob and throw Brent away.

  60. charge1 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:09 PM

    Not to make light of the death here but people go out together all the time and drink. The guy in the passenger seat could have ordered the shots and called his buddy a p@ssy for not drinking more. We don’t know all of the story. He chose to get in the car with the guy he was drinking with. He could have called a cab or gotten a room or took his friends keys away. He could be just as much to blame.

  61. beavertonsteve says: Jan 24, 2014 1:09 PM

    The only difference between Brent and all the other millions of drunk drivers out there is bad luck.

  62. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 24, 2014 1:09 PM

    As bad as Brent’s death-causing DUI was, it’s hard to also overlook that all the on-site witnesses indicated he let a conscious and suffering buddy burn alive and die. If the accounts are true that he just looked despondent and ignores Jerry Brown’s plea for a rescue, that is stone cold soul-less.

  63. glb020971 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:13 PM

    This was a sentence base on what the family wanted. Hopefully Josh will get his life together and become a spoke person for drinking and driving.

  64. hawkout says: Jan 24, 2014 1:14 PM

    I love reading the comments when the “high & mighties” are on! Perhaps instead of judging this guy, you should look at his friend and ask why he was in the car with a drunk driver? Yes he was involved with the death of a friend, that is pretty painful as is, but for anyone that says 6 months is not long enough, I would say id rather save the jail space for anyone that has a violent crime. If he shows he hasn’t learned a lesson and does break his probation like so many of you already are assuming he will, then be hard on him… But until then, shut your mouths and back away from the keyboard!

  65. steeelfann says: Jan 24, 2014 1:15 PM

    This is a cold slap in the face to anyone who has lost anyone due to a drunk driver. Plus, this dufus had already had a dui, smoked reefer, on and on. Yet again, the victims continue to pay while these liberal judges keep letting it get worse.

    My daughter’s fiance was killed and my daughter had a broken hip and broken back from a head-on with a drunk driver. First time offender got 20 years, mandatory 85% in state prison.

    I am disgusted with this judge. Throw up.

  66. metalhead65 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:16 PM

    well that will really show him,he was probably out celebrating last night. Goodell needs to make an example out of this guy and ban him for life. if other guys get suspended for a year for violating the substance abuse policy then you have to do more than a suspension. if he only suspends him a year all that says hey if you are going to party then go all out because no matter what happens you only get a year. sure he has to live with it but if he only misses a year I am sure he will be able to live with it with the money he will make when he returns.

  67. 4thqtrsaint says: Jan 24, 2014 1:16 PM

    Must be nice to be an ex-NFL player.

  68. mrlaloosh says: Jan 24, 2014 1:18 PM

    Texas laws are different than New York. Plaxico Buress would be given the Texas citizen reward medal for shooting himself in Texas. In NYC, 2 years in prison.
    Those Texans are strange.

  69. IsThird says: Jan 24, 2014 1:19 PM

    What a crock. Wasn’t this guy caught with weed in his system multiple times while out on bail?

  70. whatnojets says: Jan 24, 2014 1:19 PM

    So…when does mini camp open for the Cowboys?!?!

    What a joke…..kill someone and you get 180 days…your rip off billions in a Ponzi scam and you get 230 years without a the possibility of parole…..

    You enter this country illegally and you get social security, welfare, food stamps, free medical, free housing and a paid two week vacation!!

    Country going down the drain

  71. mgmac says: Jan 24, 2014 1:19 PM

    There is justice in Texas, just this week a cop-killer who happened to be a mexican national was put to death by lethal injection. The mexican government protested vehemently to no avail.

  72. stealthjunk says: Jan 24, 2014 1:21 PM

    “vader3234 says:
    Jan 24, 2014 12:42 PM
    I know they were friends and all but the punishment sends the wrong message. Kids might look at this and say that as long as it’s your first mistake, you can accidentally kill someone, it’s not that big a deal.”

    No, the lesson here for kids is don’t get into a car with a friend who has been drinking or you might end up dead. It took two people to make this unfortunate tragedy happen.

  73. thefox61 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:21 PM

    What is truly pathetic are the amount of responses condemning this young man. He made a HUGE mistake. His friend died as a result of this. You keep pointing the finger at Josh, yet his friend made the unfortunate choice of getting in a car with his drunk friend. We make choices and then live with the consequences. Jerry’s family obviously understand this and have forgiven and embraced their son’s friend. I applaud Jerry’s family for taking the high road and reaching out to Josh. It is something we all should do.

  74. 6packsteelers says: Jan 24, 2014 1:22 PM

    Ethan Church (white) kills 4 friends because of “affluenza” and gets probation. Brent (black) kills his friend and gets 6 months. The difference here is not color, it’s wealth!

  75. faultylogic29 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:23 PM

    180 days seems light, absolutely. But it was one mistake. When you look at it from a real life perspective, thousands of people make this mistake every day, or week, or whatever. Do these other people deserve 20 years if they don’t kill somebody? It’s essentially the same intent.

    Worse than any sentence is the fact that he has to live the rest of his life knowing he killed one of his best friends. If that’s not enough to deter him from making the same mistake again, then nothing is. Andy anyway, if the family is asking for leniency, why punish them more and go for a harsh sentence?

  76. metalman5150 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:23 PM

    beavertonsteve says:
    Jan 24, 2014 1:09 PM
    The only difference between Brent and all the other millions of drunk drivers out there is bad luck.

    – i think you forgot to mentioned that someone died because of his drunk driving.

  77. awm7353 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:23 PM

    Here is a guy that was busted for DUI in college and placed on probation. He gets drunk, kills his friend, arrested for his second DUI, placed on home detention. Violates the rules of home detention by smoking weed and if I remember right, tampered with the ankle bracelet. Judge rules although he violated home detention rules, it’s ok and refuses to enforce the law he was sworn to uphold. Now he gets ANOTHER slap on the wrist. Yeah, the pattern shows that he will violate his probation and he will get another slap on the wrist for that.

  78. garyhd01 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:25 PM

    this may not have been a totally fair judgement but jerry didn’t have to get in the car with his friend! kids and young adults get drunk partying all the time and if they are in an accident we dont really even hear about it except that a person died and alcohol was involved. this became a national issue because they were football players. and mr brent was in the car as well and could have been killed so its alot different than if he shot a gun into the air and the bullet hit and killed someone. or had jerry been walking sober and got run over by a drunk. and as some have said mr brent must live with this for life how he handles that is the important thing now!!

  79. epace40 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:25 PM

    Mike Vick kills dogs = 18 months

    Brent kills a human = 6 months

    Both are wrong, but I am just saying.

  80. epace40 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:27 PM

    I guess they threw the book at him with 180 days

    Donta Stallworth only got 30 days

  81. dadawg77 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:27 PM

    The victims family’s wishes carried weight in this sentence. If they didn’t push for an light sentence it doesn’t happen. Also im not sure how serious you can take sometimes actions after a car crash. With the amount of force involved and alcohol he may not have been entirely aware of what was happening.

  82. darthvoter says: Jan 24, 2014 1:28 PM

    Being a pro sports Athlete is apparently the same as being a DC politician: One set of rules for thee, another set of rules for me.

  83. steexz says: Jan 24, 2014 1:31 PM

    There will be no bidding rights, Dallas has his rights. It’s a 10 year suspended sentence. If he violates any of his probation stipulations he goes to jail for 10 years.

    I’d be shocked if he wasn’t in training camp with the boys this summer. I think his nfl suspension will have already been served, missing a year of football and doing 6 months.

    Hopefully he learns, but something tells me he won’t.

  84. guachosporlife says: Jan 24, 2014 1:32 PM

    Such a short sentence…he can come out retirement. Some team will take him.

  85. houseofpain22 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:35 PM

    Ok what u people need to remember is this happened in the state of texas.. This is a very standard sentencing with no prior felonies. So it had nothing to do with him being an nfl player.. On the other hand aldon smith got off with a slap on the wrist for 3 felonies he intentionally committed with already having priors.

  86. briscocountyjr says: Jan 24, 2014 1:36 PM

    He’s lucky he didn’t have weed on him– he would have gotten sentenced to 12 years, no probation, no bond.

  87. big64d says: Jan 24, 2014 1:37 PM

    The justice system has failed us.

    #JusticeforTreyvon

  88. slyall41 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:38 PM

    Read the whole article people. Browns family was quick to forgive Brent. Hence the mild sentence. The same thing happened in the NHL to a player called Dany Heatley (minus the alcohol) he was driving at a ridiculous speed and killed his friend and teammate. The family with the son who passed on forgave Dany and asked the judge to be leaniant. If browns family came forward emotionally angry and demanded a long jail sentence you would most likely have seen it.

  89. t8ertot says: Jan 24, 2014 1:44 PM

    I can’t believe you all are surprised by the suspended sentence.

    You should know by now that professional athletes and celebrities are above the law

  90. big64d says: Jan 24, 2014 1:46 PM

    Id call it fair if they made Justin Bieber do Josh Brent’s prison bid instead.

  91. et2house says: Jan 24, 2014 1:47 PM

    I think the sentence fits the crime in this particular case. He was not a career criminal, made a stupid mistake and killed his best friend which will haunt him the test of his life, victims family forgave him and asked for leniency and the sentence came from a jury of his peers not the judge.

    Throwing people in prison is not the best way to rehabilitate a person. Brent spending decades or the rest of his life in prison will not bring back Brown and would basically destroy a second life and this story becomes even more tragic. Hopefully, Brent takes his second chance and does some good.

  92. meetthegrouch says: Jan 24, 2014 1:50 PM

    He plays football in Texas what did you really expect from a jury.

  93. ruthlssjag says: Jan 24, 2014 1:57 PM

    The notion “JUSTICE IS SERVED” is irrelevant in this country!!!

  94. jburk003 says: Jan 24, 2014 2:10 PM

    So we can expect Aaron Hernandez to receive a similar sentence??

  95. favrewillplay4ever says: Jan 24, 2014 2:12 PM

    Come on people. If he weren’t the driver, his buddy would have been in the drivers seat. Yes, we’re all lucky they didn’t kill an innocent person… But it’s not like it was intentional. We all know the risks with riding with a drunk driver.

  96. engage47 says: Jan 24, 2014 2:18 PM

    Thank you “et2house ” for putting another perspective on this. Look this is a tragedy period – but for everyone making comparisons (especially to MV’s case) they are totally different. First and foremost there was no intent on the part of Brent to kill his friend, second their wasn’t a repeated pattern over several years. Plus throwing him in jail for 10 years would not have served the public as much as this sentence will (tax dollars to incarcerate that long) He can do more good out of prison then in…

  97. sidepull says: Jan 24, 2014 2:20 PM

    No way this tool makes it through 10 years of probation without a violation or two, or three…

  98. steelcurtainn says: Jan 24, 2014 2:22 PM

    Another example of why justice in this country is a joke. So the going rate in the NFL is only 180 days for killing a person. This is supposed to stop players from going out and having a good time. Sadly, look for more things like this to happen when you only have to spend six months behind bars.

  99. jhutch02 says: Jan 24, 2014 2:25 PM

    Everyone makes mistakes, and there are always varying degrees pain those mistakes can cause. I’ll bet that almost everyone reading this story has driven while intoxicated, texted while driving or on their phone that could have resulted in an innocent death. Hopefully he learns from this and if he doesn’t he’ll get whats coming to him, either way he killed one of this best friends and I couldn’t imagine waking up each day with that punishment.

    Glass houses and stones.

  100. iloveagoodnap says: Jan 24, 2014 2:28 PM

    Youre acting like he killed the guy in cold blood.

    Brent was best friends with Brown, clearly didnt intend to to it, WAS FORGIVEN by Brown’s family. He showed up at the funeral holding the hand of the guy’s mom crying with her.

    If no one wants ill will towards him, why have him suffer in prison. The mental prision he’s no doubt been in since this happend is likely just as psychologically torturing as real prison would be.

    Get your facts straigt before spouting off.

    Did he mess up big? Sure. We all do though. If his victims family doesnt want him in jail then to what end would a jail sentence be justifiable?

  101. iamhoraceknight says: Jan 24, 2014 2:29 PM

    It’s very obvious that most people on here didn’t read any transcripts or follow the story. I’m stating that I agree with the sentence, but the mother if the victim stated that she wanted Josh to get help for his drinking and didn’t believe that jail would help him. She publicly forgave him.

    If the victim’ smother advocated for Josh not get a harsh prison sentence, then I’m sure that weighed heavily in the judges decision.

  102. myworldurjuslivinit says: Jan 24, 2014 2:31 PM

    Mistake? mistake is when you lock yourself out of the house. POOR JUDGEMENT…YES but can’t compare to Vick…who willing was killing and hurting dogs. There was absolutely no malice or will intent to hurt anyone…

  103. gjblack61 says: Jan 24, 2014 2:35 PM

    To all the people complaining about this punishment. It was delivered by a jury after being present for a trial and seeing all the evidence the state had to offer. Your opinion from the cheap seats is not the same thing as a jury verdict. When it is your time to serve you can participate and after you have gone through the entire process pass judgment.

  104. eatitfanboy says: Jan 24, 2014 2:37 PM

    kingmj4891 says:
    Jan 24, 2014 1:07 PM
    Had that been me or you instead of Josh Brent we would be looking at 10-20 years with no suspended sentence.

    Probably not in that county. It’s not in this story, but in another story I read, Brent’s attorney pointed out that Dallas County had 34 other cases of Intoxication Manslaughter that resulted in probation only.

    So, obviously this is a thing there.

  105. steeltuff says: Jan 24, 2014 2:41 PM

    Justin Beiber is now relieved to know it’s still okay to drag race while high on booze and drugs.

  106. fwippel says: Jan 24, 2014 2:49 PM

    Wow! He’s getting off pretty easy. I’ve seen similar incidents where the person responsible was fully contrite and sorry about what happened, and still spent several years in prison.

    I sincerely hope this guy can turn his life around. Knowing that you are responsible for your best friend’s death is a heavy burden to carry around for your entire life. BTW, Brown’s mother is showing an amazing example of Christian forgiveness.

  107. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 24, 2014 2:51 PM

    How bout this-

    No jail time, he can get on a NFL roster right away……BUT
    90% of his paycheck has to go to a trust for Jerry Brown’s daughter for the rest of his career.

    Also, and I am absolutely not defending Josh Brent here, but the guy seems to show more genuine remorse than Vick, who had to be dragged kicking and screaming to his lawyered-up statements that someone wrote for him.

  108. henryjones20 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:09 PM

    still less time than what danny healthy got so stop crying beeeetches!!

  109. boobsmcgoo says: Jan 24, 2014 3:11 PM

    The “forgiving” victim’s family is in favor of a light sentence….so they can sue him in a civil suit, and he will eventually be making NFL money to pay the judgment.

  110. baredon says: Jan 24, 2014 3:21 PM

    If you want to kill someone, just get him in your car and crash it into a tree on his side. And be sure to have a few drinks so you can be sure you can make that curve at 100 mph….

    Problem solved and suspended sentence…

  111. rogstew2 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:32 PM

    I am sure the dead guy was perfectly sober and wearing a seatbelt.

  112. farvite says: Jan 24, 2014 3:36 PM

    Justice system, huh?!……

  113. troy43mvp says: Jan 24, 2014 3:36 PM

    He killed his friend and he could have killed somebody else. He’s been busted for drugs and he has been convicted of another D.U.I. The courts have a duty to protect citizens from potential harm. The feelings of the victims mother is thoughtful but not in any way relevant to his sentencing. His debt is to the people and it has not been paid.

  114. reesesteel23 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:37 PM

    Damn…..y’all act like he got drunk and aimed his vehicle directly at the guy and intentionally killed him.

  115. sirhulka says: Jan 24, 2014 3:39 PM

    Don’t you people know that the definition of “justice” in our criminal justice system is, in a nutshell, “catering to those with unlimited money and resources.”

    Do any of you really believe a dude with a public defender would have received 180 days in jail?

  116. shaggymarrs says: Jan 24, 2014 3:40 PM

    We all know that that sentence won’t be suspended for long. I guarantee that he is going to violate his probation in less than 3 years.

  117. eatitfanboy says: Jan 24, 2014 3:42 PM

    People saying he got off easily because he’s an NFL player need to get their facts straight.

    In Texas only a few weeks ago, a teenager who killed FOUR people – who by the way, were NOT also drunk and riding in the car with him voluntarily but were in fact in a vehicle he hit head-on – was given ONLY probation because the court determined he was “too spoiled” by his rich parents to understand the consequences of his actions.

    In Dallas County alone, where this trial took place, there were 34 other cases where someone was convicted of Intoxication Manslaughter and were given probation ONLY.

    So the 180 days in prison Brent got is actually considerable MORE than many people charged with the same crime in the same county are given.

  118. granadafan says: Jan 24, 2014 3:44 PM

    Glad to see that Texas has their priorities straight. Let rich kids get away with killing 4 people because he suffers from “affluenza” and then give a joke of a sentence to an athlete. Next thing you know Texas will start teaching Sunday School stories instead of science in schools!

  119. dodohead418 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:57 PM

    The amount he gets really doesn’t matter because I am sure living with the guilt will be enough!

  120. deetrain11 says: Jan 24, 2014 4:20 PM

    I BELIEVE THAT I CAN RELATE TO THIS STORY BETTER THAN MOST OF YOU PEOPLE THAT ARE ACTING SO OUTRAGED. I WAS ALMOST KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT, BACK IN MY NAVY DAYS. ONE OF MY SQUADRON BUDDIES AND HIS ROOMMATE WENT OFF BASE TO PARTY, NEXT CLOSEST TOWN WAS 30 MILES AWAY….BUT ANYWAY, WE DRANK GIN ON THE WAY TO THE CLUB, AND WERE DRINKING IN THE CLUB. I ASKED MY BUDDY WHO WAS DRIVING WAS HE OKAY TO DRIVE. WELL HE SAID THAT HE WAS….AND HE WAS A VERY LARGE GUY, LOOKED LIKE MR. T….BUT BIGGER. WELL…..WE LET HIM DRIVE AND 10 MINUTES FROM THE BASE I WENT TO SLEEP…AND 5 MINUTES LATER….HE ROLLED THE CAR A FEW TIMES AND I WAS DRAGGED 200 YDS….”FROM NCIS REPORT”. I LOST ONE OF MY EARS, PART OF MY JAW AND SCALP….AND LOTS OF SKIN. EVERY DOCTOR SAID I WAS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE, BUT IT JUST WASN’T MY TIME TO GO. I WAS ANGRY AT MY FRIEND FOR AWHILE. BUT LAYING IN THE HOSPITAL GAVE ME TIME TO THINK, AND I FINALLY REALIZED THAT I HAD TO TAKE SOME OF THE BLAME, AND EVEN IF I WOULD’VE DIED…..I DIDN’T THINK MY GUY DESEREVED TO GO TO PRISON. MAINLY BECAUSE I HAD DRIVEN FRIENDS HOME AFTER WE HAD BEEN CLUBBING BEFORE MY ACCIDENT…..I WAS JUST BLESSED AND LUCKY THAT I DIDN’T HURT ANYONE. I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THAT ALL OF THE CRITICS ON THIS SITE….HAVE NEVER DROVE AFTER DRINKING TOO MUCH…..HAPPY HOUR, SUPER BOWL, FINAL FOUR, OR HOLIDAY GATHERINGS AND SO ON. BUT IF FAMILY IS OKAY WITH IT…..WHAT’S WITH ALL THE ANGER?? AND THE YOUNG TEEN THAT KILLED FOUR…..DIDN’T PLAY PRO SPORTS!! AND MORE PEOPLE LIKE HIM GET OFF, A LOT MORE THAN PEOPLE LIKE JOSH BRENT!!

  121. bookofelisha92 says: Jan 24, 2014 4:26 PM

    sure stick plaxico in a cell for 2 years for shooting himself (lol). but between ray lewis, stallworth and brent causing the death of 4 citizens..theyll spend a combine total of what a month in jail. lol

    ray lewis or anyone else for that matter would still be in a cell if they wernt ‘RAY lewis’

  122. deetrain11 says: Jan 24, 2014 4:40 PM

    I got carried away with first post and I really didn’t make my point. What I was trying to say is this. I was JUST as GUILTY as my friend for getting in the car with someone that I KNEW had been drinking ALL NIGHT!!! And even though he didn’t even get hurt….I didn’t think that any jail time would be right. Plus no OTHER vehicles or people were involved!!! WE ALL SHOULD’VE BEEN SMARTER THAT NIGHTF!!!!

  123. kevpft says: Jan 24, 2014 4:53 PM

    To all the people who are upset about this – what would satisfy you, and why? You’re not the party hurt by the accident; Brown’s family is, and they forgave the friend of their son. If a stranger had been killed, he’d probably get a harsher sentence.

    But what purpose would be served by him being in jail for 10 years? Punishment? That’s not an end, just a means. A means to what?

    This was an accident caused by bad judgment. We want to think there’s a neat and tidy solution with a number we can attach to it, but there isn’t. This ruling is evidence of that, and of the failure of traditional thinking about this.

  124. propertyofthebroncos says: Jan 24, 2014 5:07 PM

    Ridiculous! He clearly has not learned by this as he got another DUI!! When is the world going to stop favoring celebs and letting them, literally, getting away with murder. Disgusting. He better never play in the NFL again.

  125. ndrick731 says: Jan 24, 2014 5:48 PM

    Was Jerry Jones the judge or did he just pay off the judge.

  126. steelerfan9598 says: Jan 24, 2014 6:09 PM

    Meanwhile, we have mandatory sentencing for drug possession.

  127. cspsrbums says: Jan 24, 2014 6:16 PM

    Do you think brown had some responsibility? he got into car with him.Was Brown drunk? And they just happened to be in his car,
    I don’t know all the facts for sure but if Brown was a willing participant that led up to the events I am fine with the sentence. He didn’t wAke up and say he was going to kill Brown.
    He should be hammered for every drunk driving law like anyone else. Pay restitution to family ,but Brown should be held accountable also.
    I

  128. badoglick says: Jan 24, 2014 6:24 PM

    Not to be cruel, but the victim is just as responsible for his own death as Josh Brent. He didn’t have to climb into a car when he knew the driver had 17 drinks. He could have said ‘no thanks, I’ll take a cab’. Does alcohol excuse his poor judgement simply because he was the victim in shotgun instead of the one behind the wheel? Sure, he didn’t commit any crimes, but it’s not like Josh Brent ran over some random pedestrian. Everyone made poor choices in this circumstance. Brent will have to live with them for the rest of his life. Unfortunately, Brown doesn’t get to. I think the punishment is more than suitable. And like others have said, no amount of restitution can be paid in a civil suit if Brent spends the rest of his NFL career in jail.

  129. fearthehoody says: Jan 24, 2014 6:46 PM

    He can carpool when he’s realsed with Dante Stallworth and Leonard Little

  130. romosclavicle says: Jan 24, 2014 7:30 PM

    …And if you have rich parents in the state of Texas and you happen to kill 4 people and leave 1 person paralyzed for life: you get to say that you suffer from “affluenza”, a condition of being too rich to give a s$%t about other people. Only in Texas…

  131. ezwriter69 says: Jan 24, 2014 8:30 PM

    Par for the course for Texas, which once again says loud and clear, We don’t give a bleep about life unless it’s an unborn fetus. Affluenza, Cowboys, it’s not unusual, it’s just Texas. Unless you’re an unborn fetus, your life is meaningless, worthless.

  132. denverdude7 says: Jan 25, 2014 7:36 AM

    Somebody paid somebody…

    Jerry, can we take a look at your bank statements?

  133. nizzledizzleshizzle says: Jan 28, 2014 4:57 PM

    wow. $$

  134. posmoo says: Jan 31, 2014 2:28 AM

    “death of a person = 180 days in jail???????”

    That’s actually a very harsh sentence for the unintentional but negligent death of another person.
    In jurisdictions across the country, for offenders that have no prior record, straight probation is the sentence as often as anything else.
    Moreover this wasn’t a case where an innocent victim was dispatched in the night while minding his own business. The victim had every reason to know of the dangers involved – as much as anyone ever does, he essentially assumed the risk.

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