A day after a jury found former Dallas cop Amber Guyger guilty during her hearing, the judge sentenced her to serve 10 years in prison for the shooting death of Botham Jean.
Yahoo News! reports Guyger appeared in court today for her sentencing and was ordered by the judge to serve ten years in prison for fatally shooting Botham Jean inside of his apartment after believing it was her own in 2018. Before the sentencing, Judge Tammy Kemp and a panel heard tearful testimonies from Guyger’s friends and relatives along with Jean’s loved ones. Dallas County Assistant District Attorney LaQuita Long also suggested that Guyger’s sentence should be no lower than 28 years and stated that Botham would have turned 28 this past Sunday.
Guyger faced a maximum sentence of five to 99 years in prison and was fired from her job at the Dallas Police Department. Yesterday, she was served the guilty verdict in an unanimous decision after the jury rejected her self-defense claims from her attorney.
Her attorney, Toby Shook, asked the jury to show leniency towards his client and said the sentence should be given to someone who murders out of “self-gain, who does so without remorse”. Additionally, Shook noted how his client was remorseful and made many mistakes that caused her to “pull the trigger” in Botham’s apartment.
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