A white, female police officer entered—what she thought was—her home. Only it wasn’t. It was her neighbor’s apartment and he is black. When she saw him, she thought she was being robbed and fatally shot him. However, she quickly realized her tragic mistake and called 911.
Amber Guyer’s trial ended this week and she was convicted of murder. The judge sentenced her to 10 years in prison. Her life is forever changed. Of course that is nothing compared to Botham Jean, the 26-year-old accountant whom she killed. Surely his family was devastated by these events, and understandably so. But one member of his family, chose mercy over judgment.
The young man’s brother, a true Christian, asked to give a victim impact statement. In most cases, such statements are meant to give an opportunity for the family to pour out their rage and express their pain and agony. Often, they want to confront the killer or influence the judge or jury in regards to the sentence. Rarely is it used to express for forgiveness.
Brandt Jean, the brother took the stand.
If you truly are sorry, I can speak for myself, I forgive, and I know if you go to God and ask him, he will forgive you.
And I don’t think anyone can say it—again I’m speaking for myself—but I love you just like anyone else.
And I’m not gonna say I hope you rot and die just like my brother did, but I presently want the best for you.
And I wasn’t going to ever 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 to give your life to Christ.
I’m not going to say anything else.
I think giving your life to Christ would be the best thing that Botham would want you to do.
Again I love you as a person and I don’t wish anything bad on you.
I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug, please?
And then they embraced!
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