DALLAS (REUTERS) - A Texas jury found former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent guilty on Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter in the car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr in December 2012.
Prosecutors said Brent had been drinking heavily at a Dallas area club when he got behind the wheel car and flipped his car in a high-speed crash, killing Brown, 25.
The jury deliberated for about 11 hours before reaching a verdict, and will reconvene on Thursday for sentencing. Brent faces up to 20 years in prison.
The judge revoked Brent's bond and ordered the county sheriff's office to take him into custody.
Brent, 25, remained silent and looked at the floor after the verdict was read. Members of his family wept as Brent was led out of the court.
Brent's blood alcohol level was 0.189 at the time of the incident, according to police documents. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08.
Brent's lawyers argued that their client had been reckless but was not drunk.
Brent was put on leave from the Cowboys after the accident and retired in July 2013.