Former Dallas Cowboy, Josh Brent, has been convicted of intoxication manslaughter today.

Jurors spent three-and-a-half hours deliberating on Tuesday, before delivering a guilty verdict shortly before 4 p.m ET Wednesday.

Brent was on trial in relation to a car accident in which Brent's close friend, and Cowboys teammate, Jerry Brown was killed. 

The former nose tackle showed no reaction as the verdict was read, and was led from the courtroom in handcuffs in front of crying family members.

The 25-year old faces up to 20 years in prison, but he has already requested probation for which he is eligible. 

It is believed prosecutors will push for jail time for Brent, and many believe his case could be used to send a message about intoxication manslaughter.

This follows criticism of the justice system which granted a young North Texan, Ethan Couch, probation after a wreck had left four people dead.

Sentencing will begin Thursday morning.

Full details of the original charges, and incident which took place in December 2012, can be found here.

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