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Amber Guyger served with shocking sentence for the murder of Botham Jean

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 More than one week after her trial started and a day after she was found guilty of murder, Amber Guyger has been sentenced to 10 years, WFAA reports.

The jury has reached a sentence in the murder case against Amber Guyger.

The former Dallas officer was sentenced to 10 years.

Guyger was found guilty of murder Tuesday morning and the jury began sentencing deliberations Wednesday afternoon.

During closing arguments, the state asked the jury to sentence Guyger to a minimum of 28 years – the age Botham Jean would be today if he was still alive.

Judge Tammy Kemp told jurors that they could also consider “sudden passion.”

Texas law defines sudden passion as “passion directly caused by and arising out of provocation by the individual killed.”

Under sudden passion, a defendant faces between a two and 20-year sentence.

Over a two-day period, character witnesses for Jean and Guyger took the stand.

Bertrum Jean was first to be called by the state Wednesday morning.

“I loved my Sunday morning,” he told the courtroom Wednesday. “My Sundays have been destroyed.”

Sundays, he told the courtroom, were the days he would talk with his son on the phone after Jean returned home from church.

“Sundays are not a good day for me,” he said, breaking down in tears several times while on the stand. “Because I’m not hearing his voice.”

Jean’s mother took the stand the day before.

“I cannot sleep,” she told the courtroom. “I cannot eat. It’s just been the most terrible time for me.”

Karen Guyger, Amber’s mother, was the first witness called by the defense Wednesday.

She also became emotional on the stand as she described a young Amber Guyger, who she called sweet and someone who easily made friends.

Karen Guyger testified that a former live-in boyfriend molested Amber when she was 6 years old. He was later arrested on a charge of indecency with a child, she said.

“She was very upset,” Karen Guyger said of when her daughter first told her about the shooting. “I couldn’t understand her because she was crying so hard.”

“She wanted to take his place,” Guyger’s mother said. “She always would tell me she wished she could have taken his place.”

Tuesday, the day Guyger was found guilty, the former Dallas police officer was booked into the Dallas County jail. She was taken into custody outside of the jury’s presence at the end of the day.

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Twitter slams IRS over ‘Get My Payment’ portal glitch

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While millions of Americans await anxiously for stimulus checks to deposit in their bank accounts, The Internal Revenue Service’s debuted an online tracker to provide status updates. What seemed to be a simple solution has erupted into chaos as many claim the ‘Get My Payment’ tool is one big technical blip.

Many who were able to access the site claim the tracker was unable to provide any information or the taxpayer’s eligibility could not be determined regarding their stimulus checks at this time.

The error message has been seen by millions and, yet, the IRS has yet to release a statement surrounding the portal’s technical difficulty.

The Trump administration stated approximately 80 million Americans are expected to receive direct deposits by Wednesday (April 15) as part of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package Congress passed last month.

Dozens of Twitters uses took to the social media platform to directly call out the IRS and express their frustration over not receiving checks or updates.

See the tweets below.

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UPDATED: Kobe Bryant dead at 41; daughter Gianna Maria also killed

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According to TMZ, Kobe Bryant has reportedly died from a fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday morning.

Kobe, 41, was traveling with at least 3 other passengers in his private helicopter before the plane crashed, sparking a fire.

The outlet confirmed with emergency personnel that their are no survivors left behind. Five people are confirmed dead, not including his wife Vanessa Bryant.

5-time NBA champion is survived by his wife Vanessa, and their four daughters — Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri.

Per TMZ:

Kobe’s daughter Gianna Maria Onore — aka GiGi — was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash … reps for Kobe tell TMZ Sports. She was 13.

We’re told they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The Academy is in nearby Thousand Oaks.

Stay tuned for updates. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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China quarantines 11 million over Mutating Virus

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The Chinese government has imposed a quarantine on the city of Wuhan as a fatal virus associated with that city continues to spread throughout the world.

The city is at the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 17 people and sickened at least 500 more. Reports of the disease have popped up in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, and elsewhere.

Numerous countries have warned citizens to avoid travel to Wuhan. Chinese officials are facing intense scrutiny over claims that health authorities knew the extent of the disease but attempted to cover it up as the threat grew.

The Chinese government promised that any public officials who participate in any cover-ups of the disease would be “nailed on the pillar of shame for eternity.”

Stay tuned for updates. This is a developing story.

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