Brent or­dered to wear mon­i­tor pend­ing trial

Judge low­ers bail to $100,000, tells nose tackle not to drink al­co­hol.

Austin American-Statesman - - NFL -

By Nomaan Mer­chant DAL­LAS — A judge or­dered Dal­las Cow­boys nose tackle Josh Brent to wear an elec­tronic mon­i­tor pend­ing his trial on an in­tox­i­ca­tion manslaugh­ter charge in the one-car crash that killed a team­mate.

State District Judge Fred Tins­ley also low­ered Brent’s bail from $500,000 to $100,000 on Tues­day. He or­dered Brent not to drink al­co­hol or drive with­out a valid driver’s li­cense. Pros­e­cu­tors say Brent was driv­ing with a sus­pended li­cense on the night of the Dec. 8 crash that killed friend and Cow­boys prac­tice squad mem­ber Jerry Brown.

Brent will be re­quired to wear a mon­i­tor to de­tect if he has had any­thing to drink.

Dal­las County District At­tor­ney Craig Watkins said he agreed with Brent’s at­tor­ney, Ge­orge Mil­ner, that the ini­tial bail was set too high.

“We want to treat ev­ery­one the same,” Watkins said. “Just be­cause he’s a Cow­boy doesn’t mean his bond should be $500,000.”

Mil­ner has protested about Brent’s bail amount, which he said was higher be­cause Brent “wears a star on his hel­met.”

“It was off the charts, it was in­ap­pro­pri­ate,” Mil­ner said Tues­day. “And Mr. Brent should be treated like any other cit- izen of Dal­las County.”

Brent ap­peared in court in a white dress shirt and jeans, with ban­dages cov­er­ing his right hand. He did not an­swer ques­tions from re­porters af­ter the hear­ing.

Po­lice say Brent was speed­ing when his ve­hi­cle struck a curb and flipped in the Dal­las sub­urb of Irv­ing. Brown was taken to a Dal­las hospi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead. Brent was ar­rested and charged with in­tox­i­cated manslaugh­ter, which car­ries a max­i­mum sen­tence of 20 years in prison.

A de­fen­dant with no prior felony con­vic­tions could be el­i­gi­ble for pro­ba­tion. Brent pleaded guilty three years ago to driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence — a misdemeanor — while he was play­ing at Illi­nois. In the Illi­nois case, Brent was sen­tenced to 60 days in jail and two years of pro­ba­tion, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Brent has been placed on the NFL re­serve/non­foot­ball ill­ness list and won’t play again this sea­son. He was on the side­line Sun­day at Cow­boys Sta­dium as Dal­las beat Pitts­burgh 27-24 in over­time.

Heath Har­ris, the first as­sis­tant district at­tor­ney, said he ex­pected Irv­ing po­lice to file a case against Brent with pros­e­cu­tors this week. Pros­e­cu­tors hope to present their case to a grand jury be­fore the end of this year, Har­ris said.

Josh Brent also told not to drive with­out a valid li­cense.

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