(WOIO) - A jury on Friday has sentenced former Dallas Cowboys' defensive tackle Josh Brent to 180 days in jail for his role in the death of teammate Jerry Brown. Brent was given a 10 year sentence, which was suspended, and he will be placed on probation for those 10 years along with a $10,000 fine and 180 days in jail.
Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday for the crash that ended the life of Brown, who was Brent's college teammate at Illinois and a member of the Cowboys' practice squad. The crash happened on a Dallas highways in December 2012.
Many football fans remember the criticism thrown toward the Cowboys after asking Brent to be on the sidelines with his team the very next game after the incident against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He later retired in July 2013 to focus on his off field issues.
The family of the victim, Brown, has forgiven Brent for his role played in Brown's death. The legal system seemed to take the same approach with the light sentence. The crime could have carried a 20 year prison sentence.
It is still unclear whether or not Brent will attempt to get back into the NFL. He would likely have to face a suspension from the league and apply for reinstatement to the NFL after officially retiring in 2013.
Brent was chosen in the round 7 of the 2010 NFL supplemental draft. He played for the Cowboys from 2010-2012 with 44 tackles 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble while with Dallas.