Botham Jean’s life was taken when Dallas cop Amber Guyger walked into the wrong apartment and shot him. His family has every reason to be vengeful, but instead, his brother offered a message of forgiveness.
On Wednesday, Guyger was sentenced to serve 10 years for killing Jean in his apartment. The story caught national attention after it was revealed that Guyger had killed Jean after mistaking his apartment for her own and claiming he was an intruder.
A judge quickly found that Guyger was in the wrong and convicted her of manslaughter.
Before she received her sentence, Jean’s 18-year-old brother, Brandt Jean, took the stand to make a statement. Instead of shaming Guyger for taking the life of his brother, he instead offered a message of love and forgiveness.
Watch Jean’s statement below:
BREAKING: In stunning moment, Botham Jean’s brother embraces Amber Guyger after her sentencing for his brother’s murder.
“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.”
“I hope you go to God with all the guilt, all the bad things you have done in the past — each and every one of us may have done something that we’re not supposed to do. If you truly are sorry, I know, I can speak for myself, I know I forgive you. And I know if you go to God and ask him, he will forgive you. And I don’t think anyone thinks that — again, I’m speaking for myself, not even on behalf of my family — but I love you just like anyone else. And I’m not going to say I hope you rot and die, just like my brother did, but I personally want the best for you. And I wasn’t going to say this in front of my family or anyone, but 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 you to do.”
Jean told Guyger the best she could do would be to “give [her] life to Christ.”
He then posed a question before the judge.
“I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug?” Jean asked.
His compassion drew the emotion of the whole courtroom, including the judge who later joined the hug.