This is heartbreaking on so many different levels. Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter today for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown.
More details after the jump…
Per Associated Press via ESPN:

Brent, 25, showed no reaction when he learned the verdict. He was led from the courtroom in handcuffs in front of crying family members who were in the front row of the courtroom gallery.

He faces up to 20 years in prison, though he could also get probation.

Brent was charged in a December 2012 wreck in a Dallas suburb that killed Brown, a practice squad linebacker who was Brent’s close friend and also a teammate at the University of Illinois.

The two men were headed home from partying with fellow Cowboys at a nightclub when Brent lost control of his Mercedes, causing a fiery accident. Officers who arrived on scene said Brent was seen trying to pull Brown’s body from the wreckage.

Police say Brent’s blood-alcohol level was tested shortly after the crash at 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Texas. Prosecutors last week argued that the burly, 320-pound defensive tackle had as many as 17 drinks that night of the crash.

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