Where is Amber Guyger Now?

March 18, 2024

The heartfelt courtroom hug exchange between the brother of the man killed by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger and Guyger herself offered a touching coda to a story that riveted the Metroplex and parts of the nation. It also highlighted just how much the world has changed in the years since.

Jean's decision to forgive Guyger and embrace her in court sparked visceral reactions across the country. His story has now been featured in a documentary by The Daily Beast that explores the complexities of forgiveness and how it relates to our larger criminal justice system.

While a judge could have sentenced Guyger to death, she will instead spend 10 years in prison. She's currently in the Mountain View Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Gatesville, roughly 130 miles south of Dallas. She's scheduled to be eligible for parole in 2024.

During the trial, Guyger's attorneys argued that she mistook Jean's apartment for her own -- which was one floor below hers at the South Side Flats complex -- when she entered the home after her 14-hour shift and shot him dead, claiming she believed he was a burglar. They also argued that because of her mistake, she should not be convicted of murder but rather criminally negligent homicide.

Guyger's attorney Toby Shook told NBC News that he has not yet decided whether she will appeal her conviction and sentence. He did say that he would not be representing her for the appeal, though he will retain her appellate lawyer, Michael Mowla, based in Cedar Hill.


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