Former Police Officer Amber Guyger Sentenced to 10 Years In Prison

Former Police Officer Amber Guyger Sentenced to 10 Years In Prison

Photo Credit: Dallas County Sheriff’s Department via AP

Amber Guyger was found guilty by a jury yesterday, and was just sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of her neighbor Botham Jean.

Despite the guilty verdict being considered a victory by many; after her sentencing today, people are now understandably, and equally, both enraged and discouraged. Enraged, because had the roles been reversed, a black man killing a white woman, this trial would have likely gone very very differently. Discouraged because, from the moment it was revealed that a black judge would be presiding over the case, all the way to her guilty verdict; people thought that maybe, just maybe, this time would be different.

Since the night of Sept 6th 2018, the 31-year-old former Dallas police officer maintains that when she came home from work, she believed Jean to be an intruder in her apartment. Which is what led her to fatally shoot him. Jean, was a 26-year-old, accountant, who was in fact in his own apartment; just watching TV and eating ice cream.

Throughout the trial, the prosecutors revealed that Guyger has a past history of racist and violent, texts and social media posts. Prosecutors asked jurors to consider a 28-year sentence, Jean would have been 28 last Sunday.

Guyger’s sentence will start immediately. She’ll be eligible for parole after 7 years. Take a look at some reactions on Twitter below:

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