Former Cowboys DT Josh Brent out of jail after 180-day sentence

Josh Brent is a free man after serving 180 days in jail. (USATSI)
Josh Brent is a free man after serving 180 days in jail. (USATSI)

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After 180 days, Josh Brent is out of jail. The former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle was released on Sunday after serving out a sentence that was handed down in January. 

Brent was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter, a charge that stemmed from a December 2012 incident in which he crashed his vehicle and killed Jerry Brown, a close friend and Cowboys teammate. Brent had a blood-alchohol level of 0.18 on the night of the incident.

After being found guilty, Brent was given a 10-year suspended sentence along with probation and 180 days in jail. The suspended sentence for Brent means he'll be on probation for the next 10 years.

Now that Brent's out of jail, there's a possibility that he could return to the Cowboys. Earlier this month, executive vice president Stephen Jones left that door open for Brent. 

"The league will have a big say in when he can come back, but we'll certainly evaluate that situation when it comes," Jones told "I certainly wouldn't rule it out."

Brent could face a fine or suspension from the NFL, but the league could also take into account that he's served jail time and sat out the entire 2013 season.

"It's a work in progress," Jones said. "Obviously they're looking at it and we'll kind of see how it goes. Obviously he sat out a year and the bigger thing is Josh has got to see where his priorities are. There's a lot of things that have got to be determined there."

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