In an act of Christian love, a murder victim’s brother publicly forgives his killer in court

Brandt Jean, the younger brother of murder victim Botham Jean, hugs former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger after delivering his impact statement to Guyger at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas following her Oct. 2, 2019, sentencing to 10 years in prison for murdering Botham. (CNS photo/Tom Fox pool via Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A Dallas bishop said that the public forgiveness offered by the brother of a murder victim toward the person who killed him was "an incredible example of Christian love."

Bishop Edward J. Burns, who heads of the Diocese of Dallas, offered the statement after 18-year-old Brandt Jean forgave former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger in court, as he read his victim impact statement Oct. 2. He also asked and was granted permission by the court to give her a hug, even though she fatally shot his 26-year-old brother, Botham Jean, in his apartment last year.

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Guyger said she believed he was a burglar, but she was the one who entered his apartment without permission and later said she believed she was entering her own apartment.

Guyger was convicted of murder and sentenced to 10 years.

"I love you as a person and I don't wish anything bad on you," Brandt Jean told her in a video widely viewed and praised and in which the young man asked her to give her life over to Christ.

"I pray we can all follow the example of this outstanding young man. Let us pray for peace in our community and around the world," Bishop Burns said in the statement.

However, some were upset that Guyger wasn't given a harsher sentence and protested what they viewed as a light sentence.

Allison Jean, the victim's mother, said she hoped Guyger would use the time in prison to reflect on her actions.

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Bru Romn
5 months 4 weeks ago

I also responded to that in the same fashion, awesome, good ‘kid’, for anger will do no good and ‘eat’ u up inside. She must realize that this is her chance to repent and come over to Christ

Phil Lawless
5 months 4 weeks ago

Suppose the policewoman were black and the victim were white. Would we not breathe a sigh of relief that the sentence was only 10 years?

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