Sergeant Daniel Perry, a 35-year-old member of the U.S. Army, has now reportedly been given a 25-year jail term for the 2020 shooting death of an AK-47-wielding Black Lives Matter protester.
After being convicted guilty of murder last month, Perry, who maintains that he acted in self-defense during the incident, was looking at a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison.
Notably, Perry’s pardon has been promised by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican.
Garrett Foster, a 28-year-old white male protesting George Floyd’s killing, was killed during the incident.
According to Perry, Foster whispered something quietly before lifting his handgun as he rolled down his window to talk to him.
Foster had an AK-47 visible on his chest during the encounter.
Governor Greg Abbott vowed to do everything in his power to pardon Perry in the wake of his conviction.
I am working as swiftly as Texas law allows regarding the pardon of Sgt. Perry. pic.twitter.com/HydwdzneMU
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 8, 2023
“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. 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 Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement.