Josh Brent Indicted on One Count of Intoxication Manslaughter

| by Alex Groberman

Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was indicted on one count of intoxication manslaughter this past Wednesday.

A Texas grand jury formally decided that there was enough evidence to justify charging the 24-year-old in connection with a car accident that killed his teammate and best friend, Jerry Brown.

Brent was arrested for the crash on Dec. 8, and then subsequently released on a $100,000 bond.

According to ESPN, an intoxication manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The Dallas Morning News recent obtained a report that fills in some of the blanks as far as this incident goes. Per their story:

Police found an unopened bottle of Pierre cognac in or near Brent’s white four-door Mercedes S600, which flipped and caught fire as he was headed west on the service road of State Highway 114 near Loop 12.

An accident report obtained Wednesday lists three contributing factors for the early-morning wreck Dec. 8: alcohol, speeding and failure to drive in a single lane. The 24-year-old’s blood alcohol level was found to be more than twice the legal limit after officers drew his blood on the morning of the wreck.

Brent refused a Breathalyzer test but because the single-car crash resulted in a death, authorities could draw his blood against his will. His blood alcohol level was 0.189, the report said. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08.

Irving police have said that the 321-pound Brent failed field sobriety tests immediately after the crash. No drugs were found in his system, the report said.

Brent has not yet commented on the indictment or his looming legal battle.

(Kudos ESPN, Dallas News)

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