Football writer Jim Dent gets 10 years in prison for 10 DWIs

Jim Dent, the author of several books about football, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after his 10th conviction for driving while intoxicated.

Dent, who jumped bail and fled to Mexico last year, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in which he will be allowed to serve a 10-year sentence for bail jumping and a 10-year sentence for the DWIs simultaneously.

The Dallas Morning News reports that this will be the longest of three jail terms Dent has served. Dent has served a three-month term and a 22-month term for previous drunk driving convictions and probation violations.

Dent is the author of well-regarded football books including The Junction Boys, King of the Cowboys: The Life and Times of Jerry Jones and Manziel Mania. Last year he garnered a great deal of attention for an account in Manziel Mania of disarray in the Cowboys’ draft room when Stephen Jones had to convince his father, Jerry Jones, not to take Johnny Manziel in the first round of the draft. While Dent was promoting that book, he was conducting interviews using untraceable phones while on the run in Mexico.

Now Dent won’t be free for a decade.

87 responses to “Football writer Jim Dent gets 10 years in prison for 10 DWIs

  1. Ten years for the victimless “crime” of drunk driving. “Could’ves” are not crimes.

  2. What sort of an idiot is this guy??? Have fun in jail for 10 years. Why didn’t he get help instead of thinking he could beat the system by going to Mexico.
    What a jerk.

  3. 10 times??? C’mon…just lock him in a bar with all the liquor he wants til he drinks himself to death.. Taxpayer Justice

  4. so you can get 10 dwi’s, jump bail, skip the country… and only get 10 years to serve concurrent with both charges?
    Damn, must be nice to have book money. Anyone else wouldn’t have a prayer getting out before 30 years.
    HOW BOUT THEM COMBOYS!

  5. The first thing on his list after getting out of prison shouldn’t be a new novel – it should be to download Uber.

  6. 1 of the concurrent 10 yr jail sentences is for the bail jumping and fleeing the country. the time is not just for the DUI’s

  7. kev86 says:
    Apr 15, 2015 6:54 PM

    Glad this idiot didn’t kill anyone.
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    How do we know he didn’t? He was caught 10 times. He might have been drunk behind the wheel thousands of times through the years.

  8. Taxi cab must not be in this guys vocabulary..and to think we get to pay for this idiots time in the clink, smh.

  9. @FakeFrenchAccent,
    You are correct, alcoholism is a disease, a terrible one. It is not illegal to be an alcoholic. It is illegal to drive while drunk. I hope you can discern the difference. I am sure he will have the opportunity to have access to the appropriate counseling while incarcerated. Most of our prisoners in this country have better access to mental and physical health care than many less advantaged Americans.

  10. Ten years for the victimless “crime” of drunk driving. “Could’ves” are not crimes.

    ——

    The only “could’ve” is that he “could’ve” called a cab but negligently put other people in danger.. 10 times despite being thrown in jail twice already!

    I just hope he doesn’t get out and kill someone while drunk driving, which he will be doing again 10 years from now.

  11. Jim Dent + 10 DWI’s = 10 yr prison sentence.
    Darren Sharper + 9 rape convictions = 9 yr prison sentence.

    No. That makes perfect sense… said no one. Ever.

  12. Yes, it is a disease, but one actually has more control over the outcome than say, cancer or congestive heart failure. It’s a matter of willpower and desire to get one’s act together. Help is available. Many have had alcohol and drug problems and I don’t dog them for it.

    As a psyche nurse I’ve had a lot of people like Mr. Dent as patients. Some want help, some don’t know what they want, some want to keep on keeping on, and some say “I can’t help it, I’m an alcoholic (or addict).” The latter people are the cringe-worthy ones who drive nurses nuts, but I’d put Mr. Dent in category 3: keep on trucking. Well, now he’s going to get the what-for. Bubba has a new toy, Mr. Dent, and his name is you.

    Sorry to be so chatty in this post. Thumb me down if you wish, I don’t know everything about it and don’t claim to know. But I do have experience with folks like Mr. Dent, and I do have an opinion about him like others who post.

  13. Alcoholism is a disease.
    ———–
    No offense to you but I couldn’t disagree more. Its a weekness, its an addiction, and its a bad sob, but a disease it is not. No more so than over eating or shooting H. AlS is a disease.

  14. pkrlvr says: Apr 15, 2015 7:46 PM

    Alcoholism is a disease.
    ———–
    No offense to you but I couldn’t disagree more. Its a weekness, its an addiction, and its a bad sob, but a disease it is not. No more so than over eating or shooting H. AlS is a disease.
    _____________________

    And you Sir would be COMPLETELY wrong in your assumption. Ask Science, ask the AMA, the ADA….it is a disease and your opinion is just that, an opinion. One that couldn’t be more wrong of course.

  15. I served on a jury last year where we convicted a drunk driver of murder in the first degree because he was driving on a revoked license for having NINE DUI’s (plus, he left the scene and the victim bled out, and they claim he would have lived if the perp had simply dialed 911).
    The DA explained that while manslaughter is usual for DUI deaths, in this case, since the guy knew he had a problem and continued to do the same irresponsible behavior, he was a guilty as those that pre-meditate a crime. We agreed. He also lost the appeal.

    On a side note, if you drink, drive and get caught being really bad at it NINE TIMES, you obviously suck at it, call a damned cab!!!

  16. Pkrlvr: the American Psychiatric Association, World Health Organization, American Medical Association and others categorize it as a disease. Check it out. I don’t have much sympathy for Mr. Dent, either. He knew what he was doing.

  17. I kind of don’t think it matters why he did it. We can argue disease, not a disease, whatever. A guy with ten DUI’s drinks and drives…all…the…time. Which is, by the way, the definition of not giving a crap about anyone on this planet but himself.

    Next time he goes to Mexico I hope he stays there.

  18. Ten years for the victimless “crime” of drunk driving. “Could’ves” are not crimes.
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    Not everyday that you read a quote and say, “was that the dumbest thing I have ever read on the internet?”

    Thank you for that.

  19. I like that he got a decently long term for being the idiot he is. I do find it pretty sad that he got one year longer than Sharper did for raping all those women.

    As for people saying alcoholism is a disease…it is? So people are just going about their life and poof, they are forced to drink? Pretty sure they could show some will power and not ever drink in the first place.

    A disease is something you didn’t initiate and don’t have any control over. You have control over whether to drink booze or not.

  20. badgerstatekid says:
    Apr 15, 2015 7:35 PM
    Jim Dent + 10 DWI’s = 10 yr prison sentence.
    Darren Sharper + 9 rape convictions = 9 yr prison sentence.

    No. That makes perfect sense… said no one. Ever.
    __________________

    Exactly what I was thinking. Drunk driving is always dangerous, but is it equal to rape?

  21. 700levelvet says:

    Apr 15, 2015 6:53 PM

    10 times??? C’mon…just lock him in a bar with all the liquor he wants til he drinks himself to death.. Taxpayer Justice

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    Thats exactly what they did…..except its toilet hooch (wine)

  22. That’s unfortunate. What he really needs is mandatory supervised rehabilitation, and probably should have received it by now. Oh well, best of luck to the guy

  23. On Day 3 of his jail term he’ll be cooking up bootleg prison gin in his cell toilet and will be just as drunk inside as he was on the outside.

  24. Wow busted 10 times? Makes u wonder how many times he got away with it. He had to b out driving every night.

  25. Anyone going easy on this guy probably hast lost anyone because of drunk driving. Imagine being the father of a victim and reading about this idiot?

  26. What they need to start doing is take the person’s vehicle away period.

    Why do people still get DUI’s? Because they have access to your CAR. Take away the CAR=No more possibility of a DUI.

    I guess you really have to kill someone in an accident before it becomes serious…though I once had an argument with someone who insisted if you had 1 beer you were not intoxicated.

    Some people just don’t give a damn.

  27. Some of you are missing this part of the story
    “Dent has served a three-month term and a 22-month term for previous drunk driving convictions and probation violations.”

    He was convicted 10 different times for the same crime. If he didn’t learn his lessons after 2 years in jail…. 10 years wont be any different.

    Its harsh, but this man is a menace to society.

  28. It may be hard to believe but alcohol abuse/ related crimes with alcohol present incarcerates more people than drug related crimes.

  29. This guy may have set a new record in stupidity and futility of the justice system.

    Sounds like he received favored treatment from the ‘good ol’ boy’ network.

    If he was black, he’d be dead already.

  30. “Ten years for the victimless “crime” of drunk driving. “

    Its “victimless” until I’m peeling the “non-victims” off the pavement at 3 AM in the morning.

    Go tell those who lose loved ones over something so senseless that it is “victimless.”

    Using the same logic, we should all have the right to fire off guns in the middle of a crowded plaza, after all if nobody gets hit it is “victimless.”

  31. Couple of points about this and Mr. Dent in particular….Dent has been jailed twice already for past arrests. He has been through MULTIPLE rehab and sobriety programs. The facts are, he just likes alcohol. He should have received this sentence years ago and lost his drivers license. Jim, however, is a VERY likable guy and interesting as hell. People like that always have advantages in the justice system. Lastly, I have NO IDEA why these stories always have comments who reference the Cowboys. Because he lived in Dallas? I guess Lee Harvey Oswald’s actions were the fault of Coach Landry.

  32. Maybe someone should have stepped in and stopped him from driving after, I dunno, maybe 7 or 8 DUIs. Why did he even still have a license? Seriously.

  33. To those comparing this chucklehead’s sentence to Sharper’s are missing the point. It isn’t that it means Dent got too long; it points out that Sharper didn’t get enough!

  34. 10 DUI convictions?
    How many other times did he drive drunk, 100? 1000?

    Sounds like he could have killed a lot of people.
    Have fun in prison.

  35. Ten years for the victimless “crime” of drunk driving. “Could’ves” are not crimes.

    This guy wins the internet idiot of the day!

  36. Alcoholism is considered a disease so that the Doctors can collect payment from health insurance companies. How is something a disease, when all you have to do is not drink alcohol!!

  37. I wonder if his colleagues in the media are going to mention that he’s in prison next time he uses his free phone call to do a radio interview.

  38. Should be FAR more stringent DUI/DWI rules. First one, 3-month suspension of license; Second one, year’s suspension of license. Third one, lifetime suspension of license. Caught again (on a suspended license), automatic 5 years in prison.

  39. With credit for time already served he ended up with about 7-1/2 yrs. He only has to serve half of that. With credits he’ll earn in prison, he’ll be out in less than 2 yrs. Just like the last time. And so it goes. Alcohol is a demon, but his ego and arrogance are even bigger.

  40. What a shock that none of you can read… as it states in the article:
    1. He’s served jail time TWICE before this for DUI’s… once for 3 months, once for 22 months. Worked as great deterrent, no?
    2. Half his sentence is for bail jumping, not DUI, so your comparisons with other crimes in fallacious. That said, the outrage isn’t that this brain-dead idiot got 10 years, it’s that SHARPER got only 9!
    3. How the bleep can there be 107 other booze-addled idiots who actually give @kuantan97 a “like”? Amazing what alcohol does to the power of reason…

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