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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Brent began sentence June 2

By Adam Rittenberg

Illinois defensive tackle Josh Brent is serving time in the Champaign County jail as part of a plea agreement stemming from his drunken driving arrest.

Brent pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI on June 2 after being stopped by police Feb. 21 in Urbana, Ill. His driver's license was suspended at the time, and a warrant had been issued for his arrest for failing to appear in court in Livingston County for driving on a suspended license.

Brent was sentenced to two years probation and 60 days in jail in accordance with the plea agreement. He also must pay a fine and perform 200 hours of community service.

The Fighting Illini junior began the sentence June 2 and could be released in only 30 days.

Head coach Ron Zook indefinitely suspended Brent in February, and Brent did not participate in spring practice. Zook will make a final determination on Brent's status after his legal issues are concluded.

The 6-2, 315-pound Brent started eight games last season for Illinois and recorded 34 tackles. He ranked second on the squad in tackles for loss with 8.5 (1.5 sacks).

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for He can be reached at