Daniel Perry was recently convicted of murder for shooting and killing a Black Lives Matter protester in 2020. If I could still easily search, and cite my Tweets (I cannot) I’d have many notes and video clips I compiled about the case while it was unfolding. I followed it closely, but missed the trial.
Perry, an Army sergeant murdered a protester named Garrett Foster, an Air Force veteran. Foster had a rifle, I’ve seen it reported twice as an AK-47, however he never fired it. The facts in dispute between defense and prosecution for the moment don’t matter in this stage post conviction and pre sentencing. Today is the start of Perry’s Sentencing, and it’s an overly politicized mess alright.
The Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, “slams ‘Soros-backed’ prosecutor after jury convicts Army sergeant of killing BLM protester” according to The New York Post (not linking). Paxton has long used his position to postpone his own time in court for felony securities fraud, and paid $3.3 million to whistleblowers in a settlement. Paxton is a terrible human, and a bad politician who likes stirring up any politically adjacent issues he can to maintain power for reasons.
The Texas Governor, Greg Abbott tweeted asking the state Board of Pardons and Paroles to recommend a pardon (required under the state’s constitution for the Governor to pardon someone) so he can grant a pardon to Perry. This is the politically adjacent battle that those in power want to fight in our state.
Judge sets Daniel Perry sentencing for Tuesday morning
By: Tony Plohetski and Claire Osborn, April 10, 2023, statesman.com