Two of the jurors who sentenced Amber Guyger to 10 years in prison for the murder of Botham Jean spoke with ABC News to explain why the former Dallas police officer didn't get a harsher punishment.
The two jurors, a Black woman and a white man, came forward without revealing their names and said they had many sleepless nights with a lot of tears as they tried to make a decision.
"That was one of the hardest things I ever had to do," the woman said.
According to ABC News, the jury was made up of eight women and four men from various ethnicities.
"After hearing about how his family talked about him, he seemed like the light in their life and he was kind," the man said. "I don't think [Jean] would want to take harsh vengeance. I think he would want to forgive her."
According to the Dallas Morning News, prosecutors recommended a sentence of no fewer than 28 years, but the jurors settled for a 10-year sentence.
In the interview with ABC News, the woman said she couldn't give Guyger 28 years because the case is different from other cases of police officers killing unarmed Black men.
"Those officers that killed unarmed Black men, when they got out, they went back to living their lives," the woman said. "Amber Guyger, ever since she killed that man, she has not been the same. She showed remorse and that she is going to have to deal with that for the rest of her life."
The jurors said they felt like they made the right decision after seeing how Jean's brother, Brandt, forgave Guyger.
"We found out this morning what his brother did and it kind of helped us feel like we ended up with the right decision," the man said.
The woman said Jean would have forgiven Guyger and that Brandt did the right thing.
"One thing that Brandt can teach us all is that we should all love each other instead of hate each other," the woman said.
Guyger was convicted Tuesday for shooting and killing Jean, an unarmed Black man, in his own home after she walked into the wrong apartment.