BREAKING: Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger sentenced to 10 years in prison in murder of Botham Jean

Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger is escorted from the courtroom after she was found guilty of murder by a 12-person jury in the 204th District Court at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas on Oct. 1, 2019.
Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger is escorted from the courtroom after she was found guilty of murder by a 12-person jury in the 204th District Court at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas on Oct. 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Tom Fox


A Dallas County jury sentenced former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger to 10 years in prison Wednesday after deliberating for one and a half hours. The same jury found Guyger guilty of murder Tuesday morning.

Guyger, who is white, shot and killed unarmed 26-year-old Botham Jean, who was black, in his own apartment. She said she mistook Jean’s apartment as her own and thought he was a burglar. Guyger lived one floor directly below Jean. She was off duty, but still in her uniform when she shot Jean.

In a closing statement, a Dallas County prosecutor asked the jury to hand down a sentence of no less than 28 years, symbolic for how old Jean would have become days ago. In Texas, a murder conviction can result in a sentence ranging from five years to life in prison.

This story was originally published through Texas Tribune by Jolie Mccullough and Stacy Fernández.

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