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Case against officer who killed neighbor turns to sentencing

10 months 1 week 1 day ago Tuesday, October 01 2019 Oct 1, 2019 October 01, 2019 11:27 PM October 01, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JAKE BLEIBERG
Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - The same jury that convicted a white Dallas police officer in the fatal shooting of her black neighbor will soon return to court to consider her sentence - a penalty that could be anywhere from five years to life in prison.

Amber Guyger said she mistook the man's apartment for her own. She was convicted of murder Tuesday. Her defense attorneys can argue that she deserves a light sentence because she acted out of confusion and fear that she had found an intruder.

Prosecutors have given no indication what sentence they will seek.

It was unclear how long the punishment phase of the trial would last. Testimony began shortly after the verdict, starting with friends and family of the victim, Botham Jean.

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