In a remarkable act of kindness and mercy, Brandt Jean, the brother of Botham Jean, who was fatally shot by Amber Guyger in his own apartment, tearfully embraced the former Dallas police officer after speaking to her from the witness stand. “I love you just like anyone else, and I’m not going to hope you rot and die,” the 18-year-old said. “I personally want the best for you. I wasn’t going to say this in front of my family, I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want for you.” Moments later, Judge Tammy Kemp spoke to Guyger privately and also hugged her, and appeared to give her words of hope. Earlier, Guyger’s defense lawyer Toby Shook had asked the jury for mercy and said that his client made a series of “horrible mistakes” that caused her to “pull the trigger in an instant, an instant she’ll have to live with for the rest of her life.” The 12-member jury reached a unanimous decision on Wednesday to sentence Guyger to serve 10 years in prison for shooting Jean. The sentence appeared to initially disappoint most of Jean's family, who had hoped for far harsher punishment for Guyger. But Jean's mother, Allison, said at a post-sentencing news conference that while the death of her son "changed my life, changed my family's life," she will accept the jury's decision and try to move on.
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