Amber Guyger, the former Dallas, Texas police officer who murdered her black neighbor Botham Jean in his own apartment that she claimed she thought was her own has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, as the New York Post reports.

The sentence that was decided by a jury was delivered after just two hours of deliberations. It also came one day after Guyger was convicted of murder in Dallas County court for the death of Jean, 26.

After Guyger, 31, was handed her sentence, Brandt, Jean’s younger brother, shared a hug with his sibling’s murderer.

“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 do,” Brandt said in a victim-impact statement after the sentencing. “I don’t know if this is possible but can I give you a hug? Please?”

Guyger had previously faced a sentence of five to 99 years in prison for killing Jean. However, prior to the guilty verdict being handed down, she elected for the jury to decide her fate. According to CBS News, Guyger will be eligible for parole after serving five years in prison.



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