Brent's punishment

Posted Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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In Bob Ray Sanders' Sunday column, "Probation is best for Cowboys player charged in friend's death," he listed reasons that the Dallas Cowboys' Josh Brent should be sentenced to probation in the recent DWI arrest involving the death of his friend Jerry Brown.

Sanders did not excuse Brent's behavior and reminded us that Brown's family has been supportive of Brent.

Sanders said Brent would be punished enough to have to live with himself for what he did. The column asked if it would be so terrible to allow him to plead guilty in exchange for a probated sentence and said he would make a much better example out of prison than behind bars.

I see a problem in this reasoning, because this is Brent's second DWI offense. How do we know that he will not wind up back on the road in the future in the very same situation?

The only way some people will ever be cured of their alcohol dependency is to be forced to confront their addictions.

I applaud Brown's family for forgiving Brent, because that is what our God tells us to do. But to take away the consequences of his actions?

Justice is painful sometimes.

-- Marolyn Zugay, Trophy Club

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