Back in December 2012, Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested in Texas and charged with intoxication manslaughter after he got into a one-vehicle accident on State Highway 114 that led to the death of his teammate and friend Jerry Brown. In the months after the fatal accident, which allegedly took place after a night of heavy drinking, Brent tried to continue his career with the Cowboys. But eventually, he retired in July 2013 in order to handle the personal and legal issues that came about as a result of the crash.
Yesterday, Brent found out his fate as far as the legal system is concerned. After nine hours of deliberating, a group of jurors found Brent guilty of intoxication manslaughter. And now, he could face up to 20 years behind bars for what he did. He could also get off with a much lighter sentence—there's a chance he could walk away with no jail time and only receive probation—but that is yet to be determined. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a statement a short time after the verdict was handed down.
"We understand the very serious nature of this situation and express our concerns for all of the families and individuals that have been affected by the tragedy of Jerry Brown's death," he said in the statement.
On Thursday, the next phase of Brent's trial, which will involve him finding out his punishment, will begin. Stay tuned to find out whether or not he receives jail time for his role in Brown's tragic death.