Amber Guyger Trial: Brother of Murdered Botham Jean Shocks Court by Hugging, Forgiving Killer

The brother of murder victim Botham Jean shocked the court room on Wednesday and won the hearts of America by publicly forgiving and hugging the police officer who was convicted of his brother’s murder.

Former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger was convicted of murder and handed a ten-year sentence on Wednesday after being arrested for killing Botham Jean in his own home on September 6 of 2018.

Guyger claimed that she accidentally entered Jean’s apartment and then pulled out her service weapon and shot the man thinking, she claimed, that he was an intruder in her own apartment.

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As fantastic as Guyger’s defense appears, that was her claim. But a jury took less than 24 hours to declare the former police officer guilty of manslaughter based on the laws under the state’s castle doctrine which maintains that a homeowner has a right to shoot someone caught breaking into their home.

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The judge in the case handed Guygr a ten-year sentence though she faced up to 99 years in prison.

In court, the victim’s mother, Bertram Jean, said her late son “tried his best to live a good, honest life,” and added, “He loved God; he loved everyone. How could this have happened to him?”

But during the sentencing, the victim’s brother, 18-year-old Brandt Jean, shocked everyone by saying that he forgives Guyger for her brutal act.

“I don’t even want you to go to jail,” the young man said. “I want the best for you, because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want.”

The teenager then said, “I love you like anyone else,” before hugging the convicted killer.

The victim, Botham Jean, would have been 28 this weekend.

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