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Prosecution rests in penalty phase of Brent trial, victim's mom doesn't hold grudge

Published On: Jan 23 2014 03:37:18 PM CST
Josh Brent

DallasCowboys.com

DALLAS -

The prosecution has rested in the punishment phase of the intoxication manslaughter trial of former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent.
    
Defense lawyers for the one-time defensive tackle began calling witnesses Thursday afternoon as they seek probation. Prosecutors want jail time for the burly, 320-pound Brent, who was convicted Wednesday in the death of teammate Jerry Brown. He could receive up to 20 years in prison.
    
Brent and Brown were close friends, having played football together at the University of Illinois. Brown had joined the Cowboys as a practice squad player about two months before Brent drunkenly drove home from a night of partying in December 2012 and crashed on a suburban Dallas highway.
    
Prosecutors say his blood-alcohol level after the wreck was 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

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The mother of former Dallas Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown says she won't hold a grudge against his friend and teammate, Josh Brent, over her son's death.
    
Stacey Jackson said Thursday during the sentencing portion of Brent's trial over the drunken car crash that killed her son that, "We all make mistakes." She wasn't asked and she didn't say if she thinks Brent should go to prison.
    
Brent faces up to 20 years behind bars or as little as probation. The one-time defensive tackle was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter in the December 2012 crash that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent's car.
    
Authorities say Brent's blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.