Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, convicted of murdering her unarmed neighbor and sentenced to 10 years in prison, is currently in the prison in Gatesville.
Guyger was transferred from the custody of the Dallas County Sheriff's Department to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice just before 4 a.m. Friday, according to the sheriff's department.
Guyger is currently in the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, which is about 45-minutes outside of Waco. It is a prison that houses female offenders. The prison holds some 645 inmates including women on death row, most notable among them, Darlie Routier.
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Mountain View is also home to Yolanda Saldivar, the murderer of Tejano superstar Selena and Diane Zamora, convicted in the murder of Adrianne Jones in Mansfield in 1995, a love triangle case known as the Texas cadet murder.
All new Texas prisoners undergo physical and mental health screenings during which they can identify themselves as former law enforcement officers and say whether they believe they need special protection, according to Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jeremy Desel.
The department keeps a list of high-profile prisoners and holds some people in protective custody, but Desel said he could not provide any information on where Guyger will be imprisoned until she's been through the two- to four-week screening.
Guyger will be eligible for parole in five years, after serving half of her sentence. Guyger's defense attorney Toby Shook tells NBC 5 he met with Guyger since her sentence. He would not go into detail about their conversation but said no final decision has been made on whether or not Guyger will appeal her murder conviction.