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    Army Sergeant Who Fatally Shot BLM Protester in Texas Sentenced to 25 Years

    Army Sergeant Who Fatally Shot BLM Protester in Texas Sentenced to 25 Years

    AUSTIN, Texas — A U.S. sergeant plans to appeal his 25-year prison sentence for fatally shooting an armed man during a Black Lives Matter protest in Texas, and will cooperate with efforts by the state's Republican governor to issue a pardon, his attorney said Wednesday.

    Daniel Perry, 36, was convicted of murder in April for killing 28-year-old Garrett Foster during the downtown Austin protest in July 2020.

    “After three long years we're finally getting justice for Garrett,” the victim's mother, Sheila Foster, told the court after sentencing Wednesday.

    “Mr. Perry, I pray to God that one day, he will get rid of all this hate that is in your heart,” she said.

    Perry attorney Clinton Broden said in a statement that his client would appeal. He called Perry's conviction the product of “political prosecution” and said the defense team would “fully cooperate in the pardon process.”

    Perry's conviction prompted outrage from prominent conservatives, and Gov. Greg Abbott, citing Texas' Stand Your Ground laws, has said he would sign a pardon once a recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles hits his desk

    The board — which is stacked with Abbott appointees — is reviewing Perry's case on the governor's orders, but it is unclear when it will reach a decision.

    District Judge Clifford Brown delivered a statement during sentencing that didn't address the potential pardon directly. But he…

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