Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent avoided prison Friday and instead was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.
Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent’s car. Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. He was also fined $10,000.
Brent, 25, was kept in custody after the hearing. One of his attorneys, Kevin Brooks, described the former defensive tackle as “somber.”
“Josh is still sad and grieving, and that’s something he’s going to carry with him the rest of his life,” Brooks said.
Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, wasn’t in the courtroom when the verdict was read. She has publicly forgiven Brent, and said during Thursday’s sentencing proceedings: “He’s still responsible, but you can’t go on in life holding a grudge. We all make mistakes.”
Jackson was the last witness the jury heard, and lead prosecutor Heath Harris said her testimony probably helped Brent get probation.
The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving said in a statement that it was “shocked and appalled” by the sentence.
Broncos: Denver kicker Matt Prater stayed home sick again Friday, missing a second straight practice.
Dolphins: New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio became the eighth candidate to interview for the job of general manager with Miami, which may finally be near a decision after a 2½-week search. After Caserio met Friday with the Dolphins, they had a second interview with Brian Gaine — the team’s assistant general manager and a Pearl River native. Tennessee Titans vice president Lake Dawson is also believed to be a finalist.
Seahawks: Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman was fined $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting in the final minute of the NFC title game against the 49ers. Sherman’s fine was confirmed by the league Friday. Sherman was flagged after he made a choking gesture toward the Niners’ bench that he said was directed at quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Vikings: Minnesota plans to begin selling bonds for the new $1 billion Vikings stadium on Monday after a two-week delay. The sale was held up by a last-minute legal challenge filed Jan. 10 before the Minnesota Supreme Court. The court dismissed the lawsuit on Tuesday.
Super security: The New York Police Department has installed about 200 temporary surveillance cameras in midtown Manhattan to help spot trouble along “Super Bowl Boulevard,” a 13-block street fair on Broadway that’s expected to draw large crowds next week.
Coaching notes: San Diego hired Pete Metzelaars as tight-ends coach. Metzelaars played tight end for 16 seasons with Seattle, Buffalo, Carolina and Detroit, and was teammates with new Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich. … Former Texans coach Gary Kubiak has emerged as a possible target to become offensive coordinator under new Browns head coach Mike Pettine.
Sharper case: An attorney for former safety Darren Sharper said there is no evidence to support an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman in New Orleans last September. Nandi Campbell said that her investigation shows the woman in the complaint followed Sharper willingly throughout the evening. And Campbell stressed that Sharper has not been charged in the complaint. Sharper, 38, played in two Super Bowls, one with Green Bay and a second with the Saints.