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Amber Guyger released to Texas Department of Criminal Justice to start sentence

Amber Guyger was turned over to the state prison system at 3:47 a.m. Friday, according to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department.
Credit: Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News
With her new Bible in hand, convicted murderer, Amber Guyger (center) leaves the 204th District Court for jail after receiving a hug from Botham Jean's brother Brandt Jean at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas, Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Judge Tammy Kemp gave her one of her own Bibles and opened it to John 3:16. Fired Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger was found guilty of murder by a 12-person jury. Guyger shot and killed Botham Jean, an unarmed 26-year-old neighbor in his own apartment last year. She told police she thought his apartment was her own and that he was an intruder. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News/Pool)

DALLAS COUNTY, Texas — Amber Guyger has been released to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, a news release from the Dallas County Sheriff's Department said Friday. 

Guyger was released from the Dallas County Jail at about 3:47 a.m., the release said, and turned over to Texas's prison system to begin her prison sentence.

Guyger was sentenced to 10 years earlier in the week after she was convicted of  murdering Botham Jean while he was in his own apartment. 

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Several jurors from the trial spoke to WFAA and ABC News about why they decided to convict her of murder and how they came to the 10-year sentence. 

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"All 12 of us said she was guilty probably within five minutes of being in there," said Juror 21.

They said that for the jury, it came down to Guyger's intent and her admission in her testimony.  

"She said before she even went inside [the apartment], she made up her mind outside the door that she was going to kill the threat," said Juror 34.

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Brandt Jean, Botham Jean's brother, spoke Friday morning on Good Morning America about a moment in the courtroom that inspired the nation: when he forgave and embraced Guyger during his impact statement. 

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For related coverage of the trial: 

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