More than two years after then-Dallas Cowboys players Josh Brent and Jerry Brown Jr. went on a drunken joyride that resulted in Brown’s death, Brent has been convicted of intoxication manslaughter.
Brent, a former defensive tackle for the Arlington-based NFL team, crashed his Mercedes on an Irving highway. Brown was pronounced deceased at the crash scene. A blood alcohol test confirmed that Brent’s BAC was 0.18 percent at the time of the crash – more than double the legal limit.
Following yesterday’s verdict, the sentencing phase of the trial will commence today. Brent, 25, faces a possible 20-year prison sentence, although he is eligible for probation.
As a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, I have no doubt that this DWI trial will be closely scrutinized in the wake of the recent Ethan Couch verdict. Last month, the underage teen received just 10 years’ probation after his intoxicated driving killing four people in Burleson last year.
As someone who strongly opposed drunk driving under any circumstances, I feel it is important that the public is shown that intoxication manslaughter deserves harsh punishments.
Sadly, drunk driving remains a major problem not just in North Texas, but throughout the US. Just yesterday, for example, Justin Bieber was arrested on drunk driving charges in in Miami Beach, FL.
It doesn’t matter who you are, how famous you are, or how much money you have – you should not be able to get away with driving with intoxicated. If the public are failed by the courts on these issues, that just tells the younger generation that this illegal activity is acceptable.