In what was clearly an emotional moment, when the brother of murder victim Botham Jean spoke out addressed defendant Amber Guyger yesterday. After a rather short trial, former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, was convicted of murder in the death of Botham Jean.
Guyger, a police officer from Dallas, shot and killed Botham Jean last year. Guyger, who claimed to have just gotten done a very long shift, returned to what she believed to be her Dallas apartment last September 6. She noticed the door to her apartment was ajar and assumed the man she saw inside was an intruder.
In reality, Guyger was at the door of someone else’s apartment. The apartment belonged to a young man named Botham Jean. He was enjoying some ice cream on his couch when Guyger burst into his apartment unit and shot him, killing him on sight.
Guyger said she was confused and went to the wrong apartment. She lived on the first floor and Jean’s unit was on the second floor. She called 911 immediately after shooting Jean, but it too late. He died from his injuries.
Guyger was charged with manslaughter. However, at the Grand Jury hearing, they indicted her for murder instead. She was found guilty of murder and her sentencing hearing was yesterday.
The defendant was sentenced to ten (10) years and is eligible for parole in five. At her sentencing hearing, the victim’s brother took the opportunity to address Guyger for the first time.
Brandt Jean, the brother of the victim, said in a surprising statement that he loves Guyger and forgives her for what she did. He asked her to devote her life to Christ and proceeded to hug the victim for what seemed like a long time.
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