Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of Botham Jean.
Judge Tammy Kemp, a black woman, read the sentence in a Dallas courtroom and said the jury did not found that she killed under sudden passion.
Guyger’s time served will begin Wednesday and could include other time served, Kemp said, and she thanked the jury for its service.
“This has been a most difficult case, and I want you to know we appreciate your service,” Kemp told the jury.
Guyger’s defense team used a black cop and a former crack addict to make its case for a lower sentence.
Lawanda Clark, a Black woman said Guyger wrote her a ticket on the day of the drug bust and that helped her turn her life around. The other witness Cathy Odhiambo who Is a Dallas police officer as well said Guyger drove across state lines to take her to get a changing table when she was pregnant and even ran into traffic to get the table when it fell off her truck.
After being convicted of murder Tuesday, Guyger faced either life in prison or between five and 99 years for shooting and killing Jean Sept. 6, 2018, in his own apartment.
The case entered the sentencing phase Tuesday, just hours after the verdict was announced.
Jurors heard back-to-back testimony Wednesday from former coworkers and relatives for Guyger and Jean before attorneys presented closing statements.