Cowboys' Brent gets alcohol monitor
BY NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
12/19/12 at 4:18 AM
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 bond 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 bond 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."
"It was off the charts, it was inappropriate," Milner said Tuesday. "And Mr. Brent should be treated like any other citizen 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 intoxication 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.
Brent has been placed on the NFL reserve/non-football 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.
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