Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer convicted of murder in the shooting that killed neighbor Botham Jean, was sentenced by a jury Wednesday to 10 years behind bars.
Prosecutors had requested jurors sentence Guyger to 28 years in prison to represent Jean’s 28th birthday this past Sunday. Impassioned Black Lives Matter activists expressed outrage at what they considered a light sentence.
Still, the scene in court was emotional. In a victim impact statement, Jean’s 18-year-old brother, Brandt, said he forgave Guyger and hoped that she would devote her life to Christ, before proceeding to hug her in the middle of the courtroom.