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Brother of Botham Jean Hugs and Forgives Amber Guyger in Court
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The ex-Dallas police officer who shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean after she said she mistakenly entered his apartment believing it was her own was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday.

Amber Guyger, 31, did not appear to show any emotion while the judge in her case, Judge Tammy Kemp, read the jury's sentence, which came one day after she was convicted of murder in the September 2018 killing.

Guyger could be eligible for parole in five years.

In an extraordinary moment during the sentencing hearing, Botham's brother, Brandt Jean, asked the judge if he could be allowed to hug Guyger in a moment that left the courtroom speechless.

"I love you just like anyone else and I'm not going to hope you rot and die," Brandt Jean said while reading a victim impact statement in court. "I personally want the best for you. I wasn't going to say this in front of my family, 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 for you. Give your life to Christ. I think giving your life to Christ is the best thing Botham would want for you."

Brandt Jean then asked the judge if he could give Guyger a hug, which Kemp granted after a brief pause.

Cameras inside the courtroom documenting the hearing caught the moment as Guyger and Jean embraced in front of the judge's bench as Guyger broke down in tears.

Guyger was convicted for the murder of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old accountant who had been sitting in his living room eating a bowl of ice cream when Guyger entered his apartment and fatally shot him. Guyger claimed she feared for her life when she arrived to find the door to what she thought was her apartment unlocked after a long shift. In emotional testimony last week, Guyger told the jury Jean approached her at a fast walk when she entered with her gun out.

The 31-year-old was fired by the Dallas police department and later charged with murder by a Dallas county grand jury.

"That 10 years in prison is for her (Guyger) to reflect and to change her life," Jean's mother, Allison told ABC News. "But there is much more to be done by the city of Dallas. The corruption we saw during this trial must stop. The city of Dallas needs to clean up inside. The Dallas Police Department has a lot of laundry to do. The Texas Rangers need to get on board."

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