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The daily STEW

The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent, convicted of intoxication manslaughter in the death of best friend and teammate Jerry Brown Jr., was sentenced to 10 years of probation and 180 days in jail (plus a $10,000 fine). Was this a fair sentence, or too light for a man who was driving drunk?

This sentence sends a clear message to the entire country: It’s OK to drink, drive and take lives in Texas — if you have money. Stephanie Giovanni-Sheridan

If he got a real sentence, he would serve his time and be out in a couple of years. With probation, he will be on their strict radar for the next 10 years. If he screws up, they will really be able to “throw the book” at him. Deanna Chancey Barnes

I think it is a terrible example of justice, unless of course you consider the fact that money talks, and then it is the perfect example. Debbie Linsley Liles

You don’t need money to get a slap on the wrist. We are too easy on DUI because everyone does it and no one wants to go to jail. Deborah Hogue Branch

First of all, the Brown family asked for leniency, so the courts take that into account. Second, do you people not think Brown (RIP) is just as much at fault? Chanel Sanchez

I’m confused, is our justice system supposed to be set up for punishment? This way he has an opportunity to turn his life around and be a contributing citizen. If he fails a blood test, that 10 years of probation turns into prison time. Bill Reedy

It seems a little harsh since he is of the legal drinking age and only killed one person, not four. R. Craig Bolander