Texas gov looks to pardon army sergeant convicted of murder

 April 9, 2023

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has revealed that he is looking to pardon a U.S. Army sergeant who has been convicted of murder. 

According to Fox News, the convicted Army sergeant is Daniel Perry.

Perry has been convicted of murder for fatally shooting a Black Lives Matter protestor during an anti-police protest that took place in 2020.

Perry, in fact, was just convicted on Friday.

The shooting and conviction

The incident occurred on July 25, 2020. At the time, Perry, an Army sergeant, was working as an Uber driver in Austin, Texas, when he came across a Black Lives Matter protest.

USA Today reports:

Garrett Foster, carrying an AK-47 rifle, was among a group of protesters who approached his car. Perry told police that Foster threatened him by raising the barrel of his rifle at him, so he shot him five times with a .357 revolver through the window of his car before driving away.

During the trial, which lasted two weeks, Perry and his legal team attempted to argue that Perry acted in self-defense.

The prosecution, however, argued that Perry was not allowed to use self-defense because he initiated the interaction by driving to the Black Lives Matter protest. The prosecution further argued that Perry had other options, such as driving away.

The jury sided with the prosecution, voting to convict Perry of murder. And, Perry is expected to be sentenced in the coming days.

They got it wrong

Abbott maintains that the jury got it wrong. And so, he has put out a statement saying that he is "working as swiftly as Texas law allows" to pardon Perry.

"Texas has one of the strongest 'stand your ground' laws on self-defense that cannot be nullified by a jury or a progressive district attorney," Abbott wrote.

The governor went on to explain Texas's pardon process. He wrote:

Unlike the president or some other states, the Texas constitution limits the governor's pardon authority to only act on a recommendation by the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Texas law DOES allow the goernor to request the Board of Pardons and Paroles to determine if a person should be granted a pardon I have made that request and instructed the Board to expedite its review.

Abbott went on to say that he is looking forward "to approving the Board's pardon recommendation as soon as it hits [his] desk."

Abbott also said that he has "prioritized reigning in rogue district attorneys."

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