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Abbott pardons Daniel Perry

Gov. Greg Abbott has pardoned U.S. Army Sergeant Daniel Perry following a recommendation of pardon and restoration of his firearm rights by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

The board voted unanimously on the recommendation.

Shortly after the recommendation was made, Abbott officially pardoned Perry.

“The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles conducted an exhaustive review of U.S. Army Sergeant Daniel Perry’s personal history and the facts surrounding the July 2020 incident and recommended a Full Pardon and Restoration of Full Civil Rights of Citizenship,” Abbott wrote in a press release.

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

Perry was convicted of murdering Air Force veteran and Black Lives Matter protester Garrett Foster in 2023. A Travis County jury deliberated for 17 hours before finding Perry guilty of murder but not aggravated assault of Foster at the intersection of 4th Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, as well as threatening a crowd with his car during the 2020 protest.

Perry, who was working as an Uber driver, shot and killed Foster with a .357 Magnum revolver after Foster approached the driver door of his Hyundai Ioniq.

Perry claimed he shot Foster in self-defense when Foster allegedly aimed an AK-style rifle at him, but witnesses' accounts varied regarding the accuracy of that assertion. Prosecutors contended that Perry was not justified in using lethal force, claiming he initiated and provoked the altercation.

The day after the conviction was handed down on April 7, 2023, Abbott called on the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to “expedite” a pardon recommendation for the governor’s immediate approval.

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