Amber Guyger Gets 10 Years

Cheryl Sanders
October 3, 2019

Prosecutors and Guyger's defense team agreed to allow the jury to consider that Guyger may have shot Jean as a result "sudden passion", which would've have downgraded Guyger's conviction to a second-degree felony.

Guyger is given instructions on what to do next, then she is walked out of frame and finger-printed.

A high school friend who played in an all-female mariachi band with Amber Guyger says the former Dallas police officer feels "immense remorse" for fatally shooting a neighbor in his own apartment. One woman was taken into custody after she appeared to disregard police orders not to obstruct traffic. It was unclear when she would be sentenced. After a series of protests, public outrage, and a sorry attempt by the Dallas police department to smear Jean's reputation as a Christian man, Guyger was charged with murder by a Dallas grand jury.

Clark said Guyger treated her as a person, not as "an addict", and said she is now sober.

Guyger was found guilty despite the ex-officer's defense that she mistakenly walked into the wrong apartment and opened fire because she thought Jean was an intruder. Her lawyers argued that the identical physical appearance of the apartment complex from floor to floor frequently led to tenants going to the wrong apartments.

That claim did not sway the jurors, who deliberated for five hours before reaching a unanimous guilty verdict around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The shooting in September 2018 drew widespread attention because of the unusual circumstances and because it was one in a string of shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers.

"Damn I was at this area with 5 different black officers!" Rivera texted Guyger on March 9, 2018. "Not racist but damn", he responded.

During a 2018 parade on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Guyger texted another officer about their lengthy shift as attendees celebrated the black civil rights activist's legacy.

Odhiambo wasn't asked about text messages introduced as evidence during the trial that indicated a lack of sensitivity by Guyger toward black people.

As we reported yesterday, Guyger also made a freaky joke about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. being dead.

Prosecutors also showed images of Pinterest posts about guns and violence that Guyger had saved and commented on. "Personally, I expected perhaps longer, but I respect what they did".

"There is much more to be done by the city of Dallas", she said.

"Ma'am, it's not because I am good", the judge said.

Booking photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department shows former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger.

He said if 18-year-old Brandt Jean "can heal and express healing in that fashion, in his words and in his deeds, I would hope that the greater community, not just Dallas but all of Texas and all of the United States, could gain a message from that".

Allison Jean took the stand and tearfully remembered her son's life.

"My Sundays have been destroyed", he said.

"I always refer to him as the glue of my three kids", she said.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson issued a statement saying he was "deeply moved" and would "never, ever forget the incredible examples of love, faith and strength personified by Botham, Brandt and the entire Jean family".

Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Jean's mother, Allison Jean, criticized the investigation into her son's death, saying "the corruption that we saw during this process must stop" and that it's up to the people of Dallas to bring about change. She said Guyger, while ticketing her, told her it could be the catalyst for turning her life around. "It has just been like a roller coaster".

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