The jury deliberated about 11 hours before reaching a verdict, and
will reconvene on Thursday for sentencing. Brent faces up to 20
years in prison.
The judge revoked Brent's bond and ordered the county sheriff's
office to take him into custody.
Brent, 25, remained silent and looked at the floor after the verdict
was read. Members of his family wept as he was led out of the court.
Lawyers were not allowed to speak to media about the verdict and the
judge did not offer any comment on the jury's decision.
Brent's lawyers had previously argued that their client had been
reckless but was not drunk.
In the week-long trial, jurors saw video from the Dallas area club
that showed Brent dancing and swigging from bottles of champagne.
They also saw a dashboard camera video from a police car that showed
him failing a series of field sobriety checks.
The jury requested a laptop to review the video from the club before
stating the verdict.
Brent was driving his Mercedes at 110 mph when he slammed into a
curb on a state highway, flipping the car, which caught on fire, and
killed Brown, then 25.
Brent's blood alcohol level was 0.189 at the time of the incident,
according to police documents. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08.
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Brown's mother hugged Brent to show her support on Tuesday, when the
jury left the court to begin deliberations.
Brent was put on leave from the Cowboys after the accident. Although
he retired from the National Football League in July, his ties to
the Cowboys were prominent throughout the trial.
Current Cowboys safety Barry Church and defensive back Danny McCray
testified to drinking with Brent at the club before the crash but
said they did not know how much alcohol he consumed.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement after the verdict that
the team continues to support Brent.
"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," Jones said.
(Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza; writing by Jon Herskovitz;
by Gunna Dickson and Eric Walsh)
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