A lawyer for Amber Guyger filed an intent to appeal three weeks after the former Dallas police officer was found guilty in the murder of black upstairs neighbor Botham Jean.
Guyger was convicted by a jury on Oct. 1 and then was slapped with a 10-year prison sentence by the panel the following day. Lawyer Michael Mowla filed the notice of appeal last week, according to CNN.
“You have 30 days by statute to file a notice or intent to appeal, so the lawyer that’s handling the appeal filed that just to preserve the right,” Guyger’s trial lawyer Robert Rogers told CNN. “You have to do that.”
Rogers added that it may be several months before it is known whether there will be an appeal.
Guyger said she believed she was in her own apartment when she killed Jean, who was unarmed and eating ice cream when he was fatally shot on Sept. 6, 2018. Guyger had parked on the wrong floor of their Dallas parking garage.
Jean was 26.
Guyger expressed remorse during the trial, and even received a controversial hug from Judge Tammy Kemp after she was sentenced.
The 31-year-old Guyger is serving her prison sentence at a prison in Gatesville, Texas. She will be eligible for parole in five years.