The jury has reached a sentence in the murder case against former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 2.
Amber Guyger has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
She was found guilty of murder Tuesday morning for shooting her upstairs neighbor, 26-year-old Botham Jean, who was eating ice cream in his own home after mistaking his apartment for her own on Sept. 6, 2018. Guyger testified that she thought he was a burglar in her home.
The 31-year-old was fired from her job as a Dallas police officer in the wake of the shooting.
In Texas, a murder sentence can range from five years to 99 years, but the judge also instructed jurors on a so-called sudden passion defense, which would have meant a sentence between two to 20 years.
Texas law defines sudden passion as “passion directly caused by and arising out of provocation by the individual killed.”
The jury found that “the defendant did not cause the death of Botham Jean while under the immediate influence of sudden passion,” Judge Tammy Kemp said during the reading of the sentence.