Progressive DA seeks to have pardon reversed for man who shot armed BLM rioter

 June 5, 2024

Conservatives were furious last year when Army Sgt. Daniel Perry was sentenced to 25 years in prison for a shooting they saw as an act of self-defense.

While Perry was ultimately pardoned last month by Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbot, a Democratic prosecutor is seeking to have Perry's pardon reversed. 

Shooting occurred in summer of 2020

According to Fox News, Perry's ordeal started when his vehicle was surrounded by a mob of Black Lives Matter demonstrators in the summer of 2020.

The mob included Garrett Foster, who Perry shot after Foster allegedly pointed a semiautomatic rifle at the soldier's vehicle.

Perry's conviction lead to an outcry and Abbott issued a pardon to him after receiving a recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles

"Among the voluminous files reviewed by the Board, they considered information provided by the Travis County District Attorney, the full investigative report on Daniel Perry, plus a review of all the testimony provided at trial," Abbott said in a statement.

Abbott touts self-defense in Texas

"Texas has one of the strongest 'Stand Your Ground' laws of self-defense that cannot be nullified by a jury or a progressive District Attorney," he continued.

"I thank the Board for its thorough investigation, and I approve their pardon recommendation," the governor went on to add.

However, Fox News reported on Tuesday that Travis County District Attorney José Garza will ask the Court of Criminal Appeals to reverse the pardon.

"Three weeks ago, on May 16, the Board of Pardons and Paroles and the governor put their politics over justice and made a mockery of our legal system and for that they should be ashamed of themselves," the network quoted Garza as saying at a news conference.

Defense attorney slams prosecutor

"Their actions were contrary to the law," the district attorney insisted. "We will be asking the courts to intervene in order to restore the sanctity of the rule of law in this great state."

However, that claim was rejected by Doug O'Connell, who serves as Perry's defense attorney. He said in a statement to Austin's Fox 7, "The pardon power of the executive branch is a well settled Constitutional authority."

"I’m skeptical that Ms. Taylor, who was recently sanctioned by a Travis County Court for violating the Michael Morton Act (hiding evidence), will persuade the Court of Criminal Appeals with a novel theory challenging the Texas Constitution," O'Connell asserted.

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