The trial brought several moments of pain before the powerful example of forgiveness.
A video of Jean's final moments
, as first responders worked to revive him from gunshot wounds, was shown while his family was in the courtroom. They left sobbing, and Judge Tammy Kemp said she hadn't considered the hurt it would cause his loved ones.
Botham Jean's younger brother Brandt Jean hugs convicted murderer and former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger.
"I don't even want you to go to jail," he told Guyger. "I want the best for you. Because I know that's exactly Botham would want you to do."
Thursday, Jean's father, Bertrum, told CNN that while he wishes Guyger's sentence would have been stiffer, he accepts the jury's decision.
"I felt the same way as Brandt. I wish I could've extended that same courtesy," he said. "That's what Christ would want us to do. ... If you will not forgive, neither will your Father forgive you. I don't want to see her rot in hell. I don't want to see her rot in prison. I hope this will help her to change and recognize the damage, the hurt that our family's going through. So I wish her well and I will pray for her family and pray for her as well."
Wednesday was a difficult day from beginning to end as family and friends sought to shine a light on a life that was lost and another that was destroyed. Jean's best friend described him as her "absolute person" and his father openly wept on the witness stand, talking about the loss of his son. Speaking on Guyger's behalf, a fellow officer listed her acts of selflessness and a former cocaine addict attributed her recovery to Guyger.
'What's really in her heart'
In closing arguments, prosecutors and the defense split on whether this was a case of a woman with prejudice or a public servant who made a terrible mistake.
Prosecutors introduced Guyger's controversial text messages and Pinterest activity.