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Football writer Jim Dent faces long prison term after 10 DWIs

April 13, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT


In August, we passed along a tidbit from the book Manziel Mania, which claimed that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was so close to drafting quarterback Johnny Manziel that Jones’s son Stephen had to take the card with Manziel’s name on it out of Jerry’s hand.

Little did we know that the story of the author of Manziel Mania was even crazier than the story of the goings-on in the Cowboys’ draft room: It turns out that at the very time Manziel Mania was generating headlines, author Jim Dent was on the lam in Mexico, having jumped bail because he was facing a long prison term in Texas after his 10th conviction for driving while intoxicated.

The Dallas Morning News has conducted a thorough investigation of Dent, who authored several well-regarded books about football, including The Junction Boys and King of the Cowboys: The Life and Times of Jerry Jones. Dent has now been caught and resides in the Collin County jail, where he awaits sentencing on Thursday on the DWI charges. In addition to the DWI sentence, he now faces a felony charge of bail jumping and failure to appear in court, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Dent promoted Manziel Mania from Mexico, using an Internet phone service that makes calls hard to trace so that he could conduct radio interviews to talk about the book without the authorities tracking him down. In all the news accounts of Manziel Mania — which got plenty of attention thanks to that headline-grabbing anecdote about the Cowboys’ draft room — no one mentioned that Dent was on the run from the law.

But the Dallas Morning News has done a thorough job of examining everything Dent has done: He has been convicted of DWI in five different counties in Texas, as well as convictions in Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma. One of his DWI arrests came on the very day he was released from jail for a previous DWI. He also has an active arrest warrant out for him in Arkansas because he failed to complete the alcohol counseling that was required as a result of his drunk driving conviction there. His former book agent says that organizing Dent’s schedule meant “juggling calls from five different lawyers in four different states,” and the agent eventually stopped working with Dent because of “too many late-night drunken calls.”

The law failed to stop Dent. His license was suspended but he kept driving anyway. He was ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings but didn’t show. He was ordered to wear an ankle monitor, but he removed it. Dent promised in a jailhouse interview that he will never drink again, but that’s a promise he has broken before.

It’s a gripping story, one that Dent says he will write a book about. He’ll have plenty of time to finish it behind bars.
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Dent was on the run from the law.

Dent promoted Manziel Mania from Mexico, using an Internet phone service that makes calls hard to trace...
  • convicted of DWI in five different counties in Texas, as well as convictions in Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma
  • One of his DWI arrests came on the very day he was released from jail for a previous DWI
  • His former book agent... stopped working with Dent because of “too many late-night drunken calls.”
  • His license was suspended but he kept driving anyway
  • He was ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings but didn’t show
  • He was ordered to wear an ankle monitor, but he removed it
Now this is what we call a real alcoholic. Just like me.

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  • Dent once had been stopped by Louisiana police for speeding and told to “walk the line.” Dent proved his sobriety by walking a straight line “on his hands, his feet swaying in the cop’s face, his spare change spilling from his pants pockets.”
  • As a freshman at SMU, Dent fell out of a third-floor dorm window during a party, only to rejoin it largely unscathed moments later.
  • More than 1.1 million people were arrested for driving under the influence in 2013... about a third of those arrested or convicted are repeat offenders.
  • He said both of his grandfathers were alcoholics. But he insisted neither his late father, Harry James Dent Sr., a Chevrolet truck salesman, nor his mother, Leanna, had any problem.
  • “His real problem is alcoholism,” said a resigned Gardner, now a criminal court judge in Vancouver. He said he has sentenced “hundreds, if not thousands of impaired drivers. The alcohol has made some bad decisions for Jim.”
  • Told that Dent was back in jail in Collin County, Lord said, “Good.”
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving even hired a constable from the Houston area to try to find him.
  • less than a year after his release from prison, Dent was arrested again for drunken driving.
  • “Prison scared the [expletive] out of me,” Dent said from the Collin County jail.
  • Nine months later, Dent was arrested again for DWI...
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Default Re: Football writer Jim Dent Jailed after 10 DWIs

I could say lots of nasty things about Dent, but honestly, after getting away with it that long, wtf did the state think was going to happen? If the law is not going to put a stop to it, then I have to look at the police/judges/DAs as the culprits. The laws are there, on the books, along with the sentences. Use them.
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10 DWIs....freakin' pathetic.
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How did he get past 7 without major time? Screw that, 5?
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Dent now finds himself amongst bars that serve no alcohol.
It's sad that he's a substance abuser, but good that he's off the streets where he could easily kill others.
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Author Jim Dent gets 10-year prison sentence after 10th DWI

......and this was after a plea deal.
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He will have to serve at least five years before he’s eligible for parole.
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Author Jim Dent gets 10-year prison sentence after 10th DWI

......and this was after a plea deal.
Looking at the bright side Dent will have almost 5 yrs to work on another book.

What is the 1st thing he will do when he gets out of prison? Have a drink, hopefully he wont drive after having that drink.

A girlfriend/somebody at Walgreens lead to Dent's fall from grace. Seems like a common theme for successful people to be brought down by their girlfriends/wives etc....

How much time has he already served?
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A girlfriend/somebody at Walgreens lead to Dent's fall from grace.
Not his drinking and driving? Seems like his incessant drinking and driving led to his fall from grace.
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Not his drinking and driving? Seems like his incessant drinking and driving led to his fall from grace.
If you say so.

Who turned him in and define incessant for me?

I guess when the legal limit was .10 that was incessant.

Followed by .08 now that's incessant.

If they lower the law to .05 is that incessant?

DWI laws are just a way for the state to make a lot of $$$$.
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If you say so.

Who turned him in and define incessant for me?

I guess when the legal limit was .10 that was incessant.

Followed by .08 now that's incessant.

If they lower the law to .05 is that incessant?

DWI laws are just a way for the state to make a lot of $$$$.
His downfall is not determined by who turned him in, but rather the act of committing a crime.

As for defining incessant, I'll let Webster's define it for you:

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: continuing without stopping : not stopping
Full Definition of INCESSANT
: continuing or following without interruption : unceasing
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Continuing to drink and drive without stopping, as in continuing after getting caught once, twice, three times, four times, five times, six times, seven times, eight times, and nine times. I'd say that qualifies as incessant.
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10 DWIs....freakin' pathetic.
I agree.

That's at least 10 times an officer of the law pulled this yahoo over for cause. 10 times he could have killed someone. That's ridiculous.
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That's at least 10 times an officer of the law pulled this yahoo over for cause. 10 times he could have killed someone. That's ridiculous.
Probably closer to more than 2,000 times.

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Probably closer to more than 2,000 times.
I've never really wrapped my head around how anyone pulling out of any bar at any time of day anywhere isn't open to a probable cause field sobriety test.

And I'm not condoning that as a standard police practice, but if safety is the heart of the issue it seems disingenuous this doesn't take place.
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I've never really wrapped my head around how anyone pulling out of any bar at any time of day anywhere isn't open to a probable cause field sobriety test.

And I'm not condoning that as a standard police practice, but if safety is the heart of the issue it seems disingenuous this doesn't take place.
I've wondered the same thing, but also including those leaving sporting events and concerts, as well.
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I've wondered the same thing, but also including those leaving sporting events and concerts, as well.
I wonder this as well.

When the state changes the law and it's proven that .08 doesn't make society safer than driving at .10 that makes it a state cash cow and also allows officers to sit outside bars and arrest people at will. If you have more than a beer at a bar you're a DWI candidate. If you drink 2 tall boys on the way home and get pulled over you get a DWI and are now a criminal who enter the judicial/probation system where even good people are apt to screw up. This is nothing more than a state/lawyer driven money grab.

Is that what people really want?
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Dent now finds himself amongst bars that serve no alcohol.
Its easy (and correct) to sling arrows at Dent for this, and clearly he is a raging alcoholic, but how systems (can insert many countries here) keep letting these offenders keep offending, and threatening lives by turning their cars into lethal weapons, is the real issue. I know some here have real life experience on this, where that system clearly failed them.
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