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Mother of victim in intoxication manslaughter crash backs ex-Cowboy as sentencing begins

  • LaTasha Brent, center, the mother of former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent, walks to an elevator with a member her son's defense team after he was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Dallas, for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown. He faces up to 20 years in prison for a December 2012 wreck after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players. He could also get probation. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News,  Nathan Hunsinger)  MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALES

    LaTasha Brent, center, the mother of former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent, walks to an elevator with a member her son's defense team after he was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Dallas, for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown. He faces up to 20 years in prison for a December 2012 wreck after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players. He could also get probation. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Nathan Hunsinger) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent is put in handcuffs after he was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Dallas, for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown. He faces up to 20 years in prison for a December 2012 wreck after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players. He could also get probation. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News,  Nathan Hunsinger)  MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALES

    Former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent is put in handcuffs after he was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Dallas, for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown. He faces up to 20 years in prison for a December 2012 wreck after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players. He could also get probation. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Nathan Hunsinger) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • LaTasha Brent, center, the mother of former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent, walks from court after Brent was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Dallas, for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown.  Brent faces up to 20 years in prison for the December 2012 wreck after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players. He could also get probation. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    LaTasha Brent, center, the mother of former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent, walks from court after Brent was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Dallas, for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown. Brent faces up to 20 years in prison for the December 2012 wreck after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players. He could also get probation. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  (The Associated Press)

As former Dallas Cowboys tackle Josh Brent faces sentencing for intoxication manslaughter, the mother of the victim stands behind Brent.

Stacey Jackson has said she's forgiven Brent for the December 2012 wreck that killed her son, Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown. Brent and Brown were close friends and college teammates at the University of Illinois.

Jackson could be one of several witnesses Brent's attorneys could call to argue for leniency when sentencing begins Thursday.

Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for Brown's death in a fiery crash on a suburban Dallas highway after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players.

He faces up to 20 years in prison, though he's also eligible for probation.