Amber Guyger Sentencing Transcript: Jury Sentences Guyger to 10 Years in Prison
Amber Guyger was found guilty of murder in Dallas, TX this week. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Guyger was convicted of shooting and killing Botham Jean after breaking into his apartment as an off-duty patrol officer on September 6, 2018. Read the full transcript of the sentencing here.
Judge Kemp: 00:26 Thank you. You all may be seated. I’m sorry, Mr. Rogers and Ms. Guyger, would you please stand? The jury having reached a verdict, I will now announce it. We, the jury, find unanimously that the defendant did not cause the death of Botham Jean while under the immediate influence of sudden passion, arising from an adequate cause, and assess the defendant’s punishment at 10 years imprisonment in the Texas Department Of Criminal Justice. In addition, we assessed a fine of $0. And it’s signed by the presiding juror.
Judge Kemp: 01:10 Would you like to have the jury polled?
Speaker 2: 01:11 No, Your Honor.
Judge Kemp: 01:12 Okay. Is there any legal reason why this sentence should not now be imposed?
Speaker 2: 01:17 [inaudible 00:00:01:16].
Judge Kemp: 01:18 It is therefore the order judgment and decree of the court that you be taken by the Sheriff of Dallas County and safely transported by her to an agent or representative of the Texas Department Of Criminal Justice. And there you shall be confined until your sentence is discharged. Your sentence will begin today and you will receive credit for any back time that you had. That being concluded, you may be seated, Ms Guyger.
Judge Kemp: 01:45 Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you are now released from my prior admonitions not to watch, listen, read, or to speak to anyone concerning this case. Oftentimes, the attorneys like to speak with you to see if there were things that they could have done better or if there are questions that you might have. You are absolutely under no obligation to speak with them. If you’d like to, you can remain in the jury room. If you would not like to, we will certainly make accommodations to get you safely to your destinations.
Judge Kemp: 02:24 But on behalf of all the judges here in Dallas County and the citizens of Dallas County, I want to thank you for your service. Being a juror is a very difficult job, but you help us to establish what criminal justice means here in Dallas County and in the state of Texas. And we thank you for your attention, your time, and your service. Thank you. This has been a most difficult case, and I want you to know we appreciate your service, and if you find yourself still having difficulty processing it in the future, let us know and we can provide some counseling for you. Okay? Again, thank you.
Speaker 3: 03:10 All rise.