U.S. Amber Guyger was sentenced to ten years in prison for the murder of Botham Jean on Wednesday
A moment of humanity. While the former police officer convicted of Botham Jean’s murder had just been sentenced to ten years in prison, the victim’s brother, Brandt, addressed Amber Guyger, as the law allows: “I speak for myself and not my family, but I forgive you. “I wasn’t going to say that in front of my family,” says the young man. “But I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you because that’s what Botham would have liked. »
After suggesting that she turn to Christ, the young man makes an unusual request to the judge: “I don’t know if it’s possible, but can I give her a hug?” The magistrate hesitated and then gave her consent. And as Brandt Botham hugged her, Amber Guyer, who had remained stoic when the verdict was announced, burst into tears.
Screams outside the courtroom
Outside the courtroom, the verdict was greeted by the screams “No justice, no peace”. Amber Guyger, who shot and killed her downstairs neighbor Botham Jean while he was at home in September 2018, was facing between five and 99 years in prison. “The jury sentenced Amber Guyger to ten years. This is of course not enough. The entire judicial system is insufficient and the work must continue,” Jean’s family lawyer Lee Merritt reacted on Twitter.
During the trial, the former police officer claimed that she had made a “tragic mistake” by parking on the lower level of the parking lot, in a subdivision where the different floors are similar. In front of the door ajar of what she said she thought was her apartment, she thought she was facing the silhouette of an intruder and opened fire. Botham Jean, 26, a native of the island of Saint Lucia, was unarmed and on his couch. He had just started a promising career in the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.