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updated: 1/21/2014 3:49 PM

Ex-NFL player's wreck case to head to jury

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DALLAS -- A jury will soon decide whether to convict former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent for a car accident that killed a teammate and close friend.

Brent's trial for intoxication manslaughter in the December 2012 death of Jerry Brown wraps up Tuesday with closing arguments. The case then goes to the jury.

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If convicted, Brent faces up to 20 years in prison. He could also get probation.

Brown was a Cowboys practice squad linebacker who was also Brent's teammate at the University of Illinois. The two men were driving home from a night out with other Cowboys players when Brent lost control of his Mercedes on a suburban Dallas highway and wrecked.

Authorities say Brent drove with a blood-alcohol level that was more than twice the legal limit.

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