The younger brother of Botham Jean, the man killed in his apartment by former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, displayed an almost unheard of love toward his brother’s killer by offering forgiveness and extending the love of Christ.
Guyger shot Jean when she reportedly entered his apartment mistakenly thinking it was her own. She was convicted of murder in the first-degree and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday.
Speaking in court this week, Brandt Jean said he didn’t hold any ill-will to Guyger, instead offering her encouragement and support.
“I don’t want to say twice or for the hundredth time how much you’ve taken from us, I think you know that,” Brandt started. “But I just — I hope you go to God with all the guilt, all the bad things you may have done in the past — if you truly are sorry.”
“I can speak for myself, I forgive you,” he continued. “I know if you will go to God and ask Him, He will forgive you. I love you just like anyone else and 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 don’t even want you to go to jail, I want the best for you…And the best would be to give your life Christ.”
Brandt Jean was moved to ask the judge if he could hug Guyger after he told the former officer he loved her as a person and didn’t wish anything bad on her. Judge Tammy Kemp, who was shedding tears, okayed his request and the two embraced one another in an emotional moment.
Kemp also had an emotional moment with Guyger as she brought the Bible over to her and read John 3:16 to her: “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.” The two embraced one another afterward as well.