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Full pardon recommended for Daniel Perry in killing of BLM protester

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A full pardon is recommended for the man convicted of shooting and killing a Black Lives Matter protester four years ago in Austin, according to a decision released Thursday.

The Texas Board of Pardon and Paroles voted unanimously to grant a full pardon and restore gun rights to Daniel Perry, a former Army sergeant found guilty of murder by a jury in April 2023 and later sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Perry admitted to shooting Garrett Foster while driving an Uber in downtown Austin during a demonstration in 2020. Foster was armed at the time, and Perry’s attorneys argued the shooting was in self-defense.

The board’s members began looking into Perry’s case after a request from Gov. Greg Abbott in April 2023.

“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,” a statement from the board read. “After a thorough examination of the amassed information, the parole board reached a decision on May 16, 2024. The Board voted unanimously to recommend a full pardon and restoration of firearm rights.”

The board said it relayed its recommendation to Abbott, who will ultimately decide whether to grant the pardon.

NewsNation affiliate KXAN reached out Thursday afternoon for comment from the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case against Perry. Once any responses are shared, this story will be updated.