Roughly one year since our Caribbean community was shaken by devastating news of the untimely and seemingly senseless murder of Saint Lucian national Botham Shem Jean, the state of Texas has delivered some degree of justice to Botham’s family.

Amber Guyger, a former officer of the Dallas City Police, who shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean while in the comfort of his own home, was found guilty of murder on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 and sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday, Wednesday October 2nd.

Speaking from the headquarters of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in Saint Lucia on Tuesday, OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules expressed mixed emotions surrounding the verdict.

He stated that “The tragedy of Botham’s death struck the core of our community, not only in Saint Lucia but throughout our region and in the Diaspora.”

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