NewsNational News

Actions

Amber Guyger sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of Botham Jean

Posted at 2:07 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 17:30:00-04

Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of Botham Jean.

Guyger shot and killed Jean as he sat in his apartment on Sept. 6, 2018. Guyger lived in the same apartment complex at the time and said she mistakenly entered Jean's apartment, thinking it was hers.

During the trial, Guyger testified that she entered the apartment with her gun drawn with the intent to "eliminate' what she thought was an intruder. Guyger's lawyers argued, "stand your ground" laws applied in the case.

Guyger also apologized during the trial, saying she has asked God for forgiveness and regretted the incident.

"I wish he was the one with the gun and killed me," she said. "I never wanted to take an innocent person's life, and I am so sorry."

Guyger was convicted on murder charges on Tuesday after less than 24 hours of jury deliberations.