September 6, 2018
What Happened: Botham Jean, a 26-year-old accountant, was shot and killed by Amber Guyger, an off-duty police officer. Guyger’s apartment was a floor below Jean’s, with a very similar floor plan. “[Guyger] told police that she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own and opened fire because she believed Jean was an intruder.” Jean was unarmed and was sitting on the couch eating ice cream when he was shot.
Charges: Guyger was initially charged with manslaughter, but on October 1, 2019, she was found guilty of the murder of Botham Jean. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Recently (August 7, 2020), her attorneys have appealed her conviction citing that “there was insufficient evidence to convict her of murder.”
Aftermath: Just after Guyger’s sentencing, Botham Jean’s younger brother Brandt Jean hugged Guyger, saying before: “I don’t want to say twice or for the hundredth time, what you’ve, or how much you’ve taken from us us. I think you know that… If you truly are sorry -- I know I can speak for myself -- I, I forgive you.” Learn more at sources below.