Botham Jean’s mother testified Tuesday during the sentencing phase for former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who was convicted this week for shooting and killing the 26-year-old in his own apartment last year.
Allison Jean, who lives in St. Lucia, said her life has not been the same since her son was killed in his apartment last September by Guyger after she said she mistook Botham’s apartment for her own and shot him, allegedly thinking he was an intruder.
"It's just been like a roller coaster,” Allison said Tuesday.
Allison said Botham was devoted to his faith and a family man.
"I always refer to him as the glue of my three kids," she added.
On Tuesday morning, Guyger was convicted of murder and cheers erupted in the hallways of the courtroom. She is facing life in prison.
Guyger cried on the witness stand when she testified at her trial and said she feels like a “piece of crap” because of what happened.
“I wish he had had the gun and had killed me. I never wanted to take an innocent person's life,” she said. “I was scared that he was going to come at me and kill me.”
The defense had argued that Guyger was tired after a long day, though prosecutors disputed that, saying she was making plans with her police partner, with whom she was romantically involved, on her way home. They also said that the encounter with Botham in his apartment did not warrant the use of deadly force.
She was fired from the department after the murder.