On Tuesday, former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was found guilty of murder after she entered the wrong apartment and killed an unarmed man. The following day she was sentenced to 10 years in prison. As the victim’s family members gave their remarks to his killer, the brother shocked everyone with his compassionate act.
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After Guyger was found guilty of killing Botham Jean in his apartment, Jean’s family undoubtedly had a lot of thoughts going through their heads. Brandt, who is the younger brother of Botham, decided to speak after Guyger was sentenced to a decade in prison.
Before approaching the stand, the prosecutor whispered something to Brandt, which left him nodding his head in agreement. With his voice crackling, Brandt asked the judge: “I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug, please,” he asked, before adding: “Please?”
District Judge Tammy Kemp calmly replied: “Yes.” Jean and Guyger held each other for a few seconds before he let go of his brother’s killer. Brandt continued his remarks by stating he did not want Guyger to go to prison and that he forgave her for what happened.
“I don’t want to say twice or for the hundredth time, what you’ve, or how much you’ve taken from us. I think you know that,” he said. “But I just –,” the 18-year-old said as he began to choke up.
As he regained his composure, the teen added: “If you truly are sorry — I know I can speak for myself — I, I forgive you,” he said as he looked at Guyger. “And I know if you go to God and ask Him, He will forgive you.”
He concluded his touching remarks by explaining he wants the best for the former Dallas police officer. “I love you just like anyone else,” he said. “I’m not going to say I hope you rot and die, just like my brother did. … I personally want the best for you.”