The younger brother of Botham Jean, who was shot and killed by Amber Guyger in his own apartment, hugged the former Dallas police officer and offered his forgiveness after a jury sentenced her to 10 years in prison Wednesday.
“If you truly are sorry — I know I can speak for myself — I forgive you,” Brandt Jean said in court. “I love you as a person and I don’t wish anything bad on you.”
He then walked over to Guyger, 31, and embraced her as she cried in his arms.
Guyger, a four-year veteran of the Dallas police force, was found guilty of murder on Tuesday for fatally shooting Botham Jean, her 26-year-old unarmed neighbor, in his apartment on Sept. 6, 2018, after she allegedly mistook it for her own.
During the trial, Guyger described how she felt after killing an innocent man, saying that she hates herself “every single day.”
“I wish he was the one with the gun who had killed me,” Guyger said during her testimony Friday, referring to Jean. “I never wanted to take an innocent person’s life.”
In addressing Guyger on Wednesday afternoon, Brandt Jean also said he didn’t want her to go to prison for the killing.
“I want the best for you because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want you to do, and the best would be give your life to Christ,” he said.