(TheRedAlertNews.com) – Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott has declared his intention to pardon a US Army sergeant who was just convicted of killing a Black Lives Matter protester during riots in Austin, Texas, in 2020.
Last Friday, Srg. Daniel Perry was found guilty by jurors at the 147th District Court in Travis County, Texas. State District Court Judge Clifford Brown will announce Perry’s sentence on Tuesday, The New York Post reported.
On July 25, 2020, Perry, 35 at the time, shot multiple times 28-year-old BLM protester Garrett Foster during an Austin rally.
Both are white males, and Foster was armed with an AK-47, a knife, and a club. The latter also had a neoprene vest under the shirt.
Perry, who was stationed at Ford Hood, some 70 miles north of Austin, was on a shift as an Uber driver when his car was caught in the BLM rally, and protesters started beating it.
The US Army sergeant claimed that he acted in self-defense and that Foster raised his automatic rifle against his car.
However, according to the witnesses, Foster didn’t raise the AK-47 but was pushing his fiancée’s wheelchair.
During the trial, Prosecutors brought up old social media posts by Perry showing he had “strong anti-protest feelings” and made claims that demonstrators could be shot in Texas.
“I visited Daniel in jail this morning. As you might expect, he is devastated. He spoke to me about his fears that he will never get to hug his Mother again. He’s also crushed that this conviction will end his Army service; he loves being a Soldier,” his lawyer, Doug O’Connell, said Saturday after Friday’s guilty verdict.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott reacted by saying he was ready to pardon Daniel Perry immediately because the Army sergeant acted in self-defense.
“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,” the governor declared in a statement.
He blamed Perry’s conviction of murder on Jose Garza, the Democrat DA of Travis County who was elected with money from far-left billionaire George Soros.
“Additionally, I have already prioritized reining in rogue District Attorneys, and the Texas Legislature is working on laws to achieve that goal,” Abbott added, as cited by Newsmax.
He said on Twitter that Garza “intentionally misled the Grand Jury” throughout the trial.
The governor revealed he had asked the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to “expedite” a review of Perry’s case and recommend a pardon.
“I will work as swiftly as Texas law allows regarding the pardon of Sgt. Perry… I look forward to approving the Board’s pardon recommendation as soon as it hits my desk,” Abbott stated.
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— New York Post (@nypost) April 9, 2023