Ex-Dallas Cop Gets 10-Year Sentence for Wrong-Apartment Slaying

FILE PHOTO: Amber Guyger, who is charged in the killing of Botham Jean in his own home, arrives on the first day of the trial in Dallas, Texas, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jeremy Lock/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Amber Guyger, who is charged in the killing of Botham Jean in his own home, arrives on the first day of the trial in Dallas, Texas, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jeremy Lock/File Photo

Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was sentenced by a Texas jury to 10 years in prison on Wednesday, after a jury found her guilty of murder for walking into a neighbor’s apartment thinking it was her own and shooting him dead.

The same jury took less than six hours on Tuesday to find Guyger guilty in the Sept. 6, 2018, killing of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old black PwC accountant. His death sparked street protests last year, particularly when prosecutors initially opted to bring the lesser charge of manslaughter against Guyger, 31.

The sentence was less than the 28 years prosecutors had sought. Judge Tammy Kemp said the jury had imposed no fine. Guyger glanced quickly at her family but betrayed no emotion as she was led out of the courtroom.

Jean’s slaying by a white police officer had provoked street protests, particularly after prosecutors initially opted to charge Guyger with manslaughter rather than murder.

Lawyers for the victim’s family said they believed the verdict was the first time a white female police officer had been found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of an unarmed black man.

“This is a historic case and history provides us with a teachable moment,” said civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represented the family of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager shot and killed in 2012 by a civilian neighborhood watchman who was later cleared in court.

This case was unlike other recent high-profile killings, such as those of Michael Brown in Missouri and Philando Castile in Minnesota, since Guyger was not on duty or responding to a reported crime when she fired.

(Reporting by Brad Brooks; Editing by Scott Malone and Cynthia Osterman)

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mary
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Very sad all the way around, prayers to BOTH families…. God Bless the brother of the slain victim

Dave Hardesty
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Manslaughter or murder? Should have been manslaughter in my opinion and ten years is too much.

Hopefully she will serve her time in an honor farm environment away from convicted cop hating criminals that will try to kill her. I don’t believe she’s a flight risk and hope she gets out early on good behavior.

I was really impressed by what the brother of the man slain did. We need more people like him and he is a good role model for the black community to mimic. Not just blacks but everyone.

Don Snyder
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She’s a police officer going into a prison. Doesn’t matter how many years she gets, the other prisoners will make sure she never gets out alive.

Morte206
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. Ten years physical confinement is nothing on the mental / emotional “confinement”she will forever labour under.

Justice may be served here but no one “wins” when all is said and done.

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