I believe that Brent should receive jail time. I doubt he will be sentenced to the full 20 years or be given probation but a sentence of 10 years would be fair in my opinion.
Brent voluntarily got drunk. Brent voluntarily drove a car while intoxicated. Those actions directly led the death of his friend. The death was preventable had Brent exercised good judgement and common sense. He decided to party, drink and then drive.
What makes Brent's crime even worse is that the Dallas Cowboys like other NFL teams offer their players safe rides home. Had Brent decided to utilize the safe ride program, his friend would still be alive and he wouldn't be facing 20 years in prison.
I have a hard time feeling sorry for the criminal. All teams educate their players about the dangers of drinking and driving and as mentioned earlier they offer programs so players don't feel that they need to drive their car after drinking.
Brent disregarded all of that and he shouldn't be given a free pass out of jail. If he receives probation he won't send a message to other players and people that driving drunk has its consequences.
Jerry Brown's mother has forgiven Brent and will likely testify on his behalf during the sentencing stage of the trial. I think that should be considered but only to reduce the sentence from 20 years to 10 years.
Brent is a young man and will still has time to lead a rewarding life. Jerry Brown doesn't have that opportunity. If a judge gives him probation, I think an opportunity to punish Brent for his crime will have been missed.
I think that prison time is required for Josh to really get the message. Spending time in prison will send a message to Brent that he is being made to pay for his crime. Probation will let him off the hook.
I know some people will say that he's paid the price for killing his friend. I'm sure he's extremely remorseful and sorry for what he did but he broke the law. In my opinion the only thing standing in the way of Brent paying for his crime is probation.
I think that Brent will learn that he can't escape serious consequences for his actions if he is truly made to pay for his crime. Jail is the only way to send that message.
This might be a hard line approach but a man is dead because his friend chose to get extremely intoxicated and get into a car and drive it. That can't go unnoticed and unpunished.