DALLAS (AP) — The mother of a Dallas Cowboys practice squad player who was killed in a December 2012 car crash said she doesn't hold a grudge against the man who was drunk behind the wheel that night, her son's close friend and teammate Josh Brent.
Stacey Jackson wasn't asked and didn't say Thursday whether she thinks Brent should go to prison for the December 2012 crash that killed her son, Jerry Brown, who was a passenger in Brent's car. Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter in Brown's death and faces up to 20 years in prison or as little as probation.
Jackson has said she has forgiven Brent.
"He's still responsible, but you can't go on in life holding a grudge," Jackson told the court while Brent mostly stared at the table in front of him. "We all make mistakes."
After both sides finished calling witnesses and wrapped up their cases Thursday, the jury was dismissed for the night. Jurors were expected to resume deliberations on Friday.
Brent and Brown were friends and had played together at the University of Illinois. Jackson testified that when the Cowboys signed her son, a linebacker, to the practice squad, he was happy because he and Brent were "going to be back together."
The two friends were driving home at the end of a night partying with teammates when Brent lost control of his Mercedes and crashed on a suburban Dallas highway. The first officers to arrive said Brent was trying to pull his friend's body from the wreckage.
Prosecutors say Brent was driving as fast as 110 mph and that the burly, 320-pound defensive tackle's blood-alcohol content after the crash was 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit. Authorities say it would have taken as many as 17 drinks for Brown to get that drunk.
Defense attorneys pushed their case for probation Thursday, calling a Dallas County official who testified that the county currently has 34 intoxication manslaughter cases that resulted in probation.
Kevin Brooks, one of Brent's attorneys, said the one-time defensive tackle would be easy to monitor because of "who he is and who he was." Brent retired from football last year.