Texas pardons US Army sergeant Daniel Perry who was convicted of murder for shooting AK-47 wielding BLM protester during 2020 riot

Daniel Perry, a US Army Sergeant, has been pardoned by Texas Governor Abbott 

A Texas man convicted of shooting a Black Lives Matter protestor dead during the 2020 riots has received a pardon.

Daniel Perry, a US Army Sergeant, was found guilty in April 2023 of murdering protestor Garrett Foster in Austin, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott requested the parole board looked into his case to discuss a possible pardon just days later, which led to a unanimous approval vote that was announced Thursday.

In a statement after the vote was announced, Abbott cited Texas' 'Stand Your Ground' laws, which allow people to use deadly force if they feel they are in imminent danger.

'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,' Abbott said.

'I thank the Board for its thorough investigation, and I approve their pardon recommendation.'

Daniel Perry, a US Army Sergeant, was found guilty in April 2023 of murdering protestor Garrett Foster in Austin, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison

Daniel Perry, a US Army Sergeant, was found guilty in April 2023 of murdering protestor Garrett Foster in Austin, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison

In its unanimous ruling recommending Perry's pardon, the parole board said it 'delved into the intricacies' of his case.

'The investigative efforts encompassed a meticulous review of pertinent documents, from police reports to court records, witness statements, and interviews with individuals linked to the case,' the board said.

Alongside the full pardon, Perry will also have his firearm rights restored, the board announced.

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