Prosecution rests in penalty phase of Brent trial

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm •  Published: January 23, 2014

DALLAS (AP) — The prosecution has rested in the punishment phase of the intoxication manslaughter trial of former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent.

Defense lawyers for the one-time defensive tackle began calling witnesses Thursday afternoon as they seek probation. Prosecutors want jail time for the burly, 320-pound Brent, who was convicted Wednesday in the death of teammate Jerry Brown. He could receive up to 20 years in prison.

Brent and Brown were close friends, having played football together at the University of Illinois. Brown had joined the Cowboys as a practice squad player about two months before Brent drunkenly drove home from a night of partying in December 2012 and crashed on a suburban Dallas highway.

Prosecutors say his blood-alcohol level after the wreck was 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

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