Killer Dallas cop Amber Guyger was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting her unarmed black neighbor after she mistakenly entered his apartment.
The jury sentence came after just two hours of deliberations — and one day after Guyger, 31, was convicted of murder in Dallas County court for the 26-year-old’s Sept. 6, 2018 shooting death.
The brother of a Texas man fatally shot by his ex-cop neighbor proclaimed his forgiveness for his sibling’s killer Wednesday and asked her for a hug after she was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for the crime.
Amber Guyger had been booked into the Dallas County Jail Tuesday night. She was released Wednesday morning, after the former Dallas police officer was convicted of murder
Botham Jean, 26, a Dallas based accountant, was shot and killed by his neighbor on Sept 6, 2018, sitting in his apt eating a bowl of cereal while watching football on TV. The killer, Amber Guyger, then a member of the Dallas Police Dept has been convicted and sentenced to prison for a decade
Jean’s younger brother, Brandt, shared a lengthy courtroom embrace with his sibling’s killer after the sentence was handed down.
“I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you because I know that’s exactly what Botham would do,” Brandt said in a victim-impact statement after the sentencing. “I don’t know if this is possible but can I give you a hug? Please?”
“I don’t want to say twice or for the hundredth time what you’ve done or how much you’ve taken from us,” Botham Jean’s younger brother Brandt told Amber Guyger from the witness stand. “I think you know that. But I just – I hope you go to God with all the guilt all the bad things you may have done in the past.”
Guyger ,31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for walking into Botham Jean’s apartment and shooting him to death on Sept. 6 2018. The former Dallas police officer said she thought she was in her home, one floor below and the victim was burglar.
Brandt Jean, 18, took the surprising stance after months of struggling with his brother’s death.
“I forgive you, and I know if you go to God and ask him, he will forgive you,” he said. “I’m speaking for myself, I’m not even on behalf of my family — but I love you just like anyone else. And I ‘m not gonna say I hope you rot and die just like my brother did. But I personally want the best for you.
“And I wasn’t going to say this in front of my family or anyone,” he continued. “But I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you.”
Then he shocked the courtroom by asking, “I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give you a hug please?”
Given the green light, the teenager embraced Guyger, who sobbed loudly.
‘I forgive you’: The victim’s younger brother, Brandt Jean, shared a lengthy courtroom embrace with his killer after the decade sentence was handed down on Wednesday
“He had every right to be there.”
“Yet still, his privacy was violated ”
“He had every right to be there.”
“She intruded on him. And that was not enough. She killed him.” – Allison Jean, Botham’s mother [photo], took the witness stand for the prosecution on Tuesday and spoke up for her son who was watching football and eating vanilla ice cream when he died.
Botham Jean’s sister Allisa Findley also took the stand on Tuesday afternoon as a witness for the prosecution
Botham’s dad, Betrum Jean broke down on the stand. His daughter, in her testimony, described as the shell of the man he used to be since the death f her brother
During the trial, the defense argued that the ex-cop feared Jean was an intruder when she barged into his unlocked apartment, mistaking it for of her own pad one floor below.
“We know by the verdict that it was an unreasonable mistake, but it was still a mistake,” defense attorney Toby Shook said Wednesday in closing statements. “She didn’t go there trying to kill him. It was the last thing on her mind.”
Prosecutors, however, claimed that her defense was “absurd” and questioned how she missed the signs that she was in the wrong apartment.
Just a few minutes earlier on Wednesday, Guyger’s 10-year prison sentence prompted chants of “No justice, no peace” as protesters said it was not long enough. Prosecution asked for 29 years, and the possible range was five to 99. Guyger could be eligible for parole in five years.
Outside the courtroom, Botham Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, spoke of the “tumultuous journey” her family had been through.
Guyger faced a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison for the murder charge. Before the guilty verdict was handed down, she elected for the jury to decide her sentence.
The prosecution asked the jury hand the fired cop no less than a 28-year sentence.
“This is not a five, 10 or 15-year case. Botham didn’t provoke his own death,” Prosecutor LaQuita Long said.
“He had every right to be there,” she said of her 26-year-old son, who was watching football and eating vanilla ice cream when he died. “Yet still, his privacy was violated. She intruded on him. And that was not enough. She killed him.”