Amber Guyger Received Forgiveness, Grace in Courtroom Surprise
Amber Guyger is the former Dallas police officer who killed an unarmed black man named Botham Jean because she didn’t realize she was actually in his apartment instead of her own. She was sentenced to prison for 10 years on Wednesday. But it was the moment of forgiveness and grace that occurred after the court sentenced her that stunned many of the onlookers. (Fox4, Dallas)
While the sentence was read, protesters booed and griped that it was too lenient. In Texas, there is great latitude for murder sentencing – anywhere from 5 years to life. The jury chose a sentence of 10 years, with eligibility for parole after 5. The prosecution pushed for 28 years. The angry crowd didn’t like it.
But Jean’s brother, Brandt Jean, came before the court and asked if he could address Guyger directly from the witness stand. The judge said yes.
“I’m not going to say I hope you rot and die just like my brother did. I personally want the best for you. 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. And the best would be give your life to Christ…I love you as a person. I don’t wish anything bad on you.” Brandt Jean
Then he directly addressed the judge: “I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug?”
The Judge again said yes, and in that one moment of mercy, they met in front of the bench, and hugged. Amber Guyger broke down in tears.
And it didn’t stop there. Judge Tammy Kemp spoke with Jean’s family and hugged them. Then she went into her chambers and returned with her own Bible. She read John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Then the judge led Amber through turning her life over to Christ as they prayed together.
I’m sure there are some who will hate this story because they are hardened against Christians. But the healing and forgiveness exhibited in that courtroom made an impression on many. And there is a lot every person in America can learn from it. The left refuses to forgive or learn or move on from what they disagree with – Brandt Jean CHOSE to release it in an act of mercy and grace.
“If your 18-year-old brother can heal and express healing in that fashion, in his words and in his deeds, I would hope that the greater community, not just Dallas but all of Texas and all of the United States, could gain a message from that.” Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot
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