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.