Former Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent will serve less than half a year in jail after he was convicted of intoxication manslaughter, and America’s foremost anti-drunk driving organization says that’s unacceptable.
In a statement released shortly after the sentencing, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said Brent deserved a stiffer sentence.
“Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is shocked and appalled with the sentence handed down to former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent for his intoxication manslaughter conviction in the death of his friend and teammate Jerry Brown. This punishment sends the message that it’s OK to drink and drive — but it’s absolutely not,” the statement said. “Drunk driving is unacceptable and 100 percent preventable, yet each year more than 10,000 people are killed and another 345,000 are injured in drunk driving crashes. MADD wishes that a non-drinking designated driver would’ve been a part of their plans that night, so that Jerry Brown would still be alive today.”
Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, but he was sentenced to 180 days in prison and 10 years of probation.