The jury deliberated for an hour without reaching a decision after
hearing prosecutors demand jail time for Brent and the mother of the
victim pleading for leniency, saying her son would have agreed with
The same jury that convicted Brent will reconvene on Friday for a
second day of deliberation on his sentence.
"He's still responsible, but you can't go on in life and hold a
grudge. We all make mistakes and have to be forgiven. I'm sure
that's what Jerry would have wanted," Stacey Jackson said.
Jackson said she would favor probation for Brent, which is a
possible sentence the jury could impose.
After a night of drinking at a private club in December 2012, Brent
was driving his Mercedes at 110 mph when it slammed into a curb on a
state highway, flipping the car, which caught on fire, and killing
Brown, then 25.
Brent's blood alcohol level was 0.189 at the time, more than double
the legal limit in Texas, according to police documents.
Prosecutors called five witnesses in the sentencing phase including
the crash scene investigator, a jail official who said Brent tested
positive for marijuana while on bond and an Illinois state trooper
who had arrested Brent for drunk driving in 2009 when he played
football for the University of Illinois.
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LaTasha Brent, Josh Brent's mother, wept as her brother
Roland Brent told the court about Josh's childhood, bouncing
between friend's homes while his mother was in an abusive
The week after Brown's death, Roland Brent said Josh was so
distraught that he did not want to leave him alone.
"It was hard seeing him that way. It was just the guilt, I
guess. He was very emotionally down," Roland Brent said.
Prosecutors reminded the court that Josh Brent was sitting on
the sidelines for the first half of the Cowboys' home game a
little over a week after Brown's death.
Brent was put on leave by the Cowboys after the accident, and
retired from the team in July.
Without his Cowboys salary, Brent had been working in a Dallas
warehouse, packing boxes. Brent was paid $630,000 for the final
year of his NFL contract before his retirement.
(Writing by Jon Herskovitz; editing by Nick Zieminski and Gunna
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