Texas Judge Sentences Daniel Perry to 25 Years for Shooting of BLM Rioter

On Wednesday, former Army Sergeant Daniel Perry was given a sentence of 25 years in prison for his self-defense shooting of an armed Black Lives Matter rioter, even as Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) has vowed to pardon him.

As reported by Politico, District Judge Clifford Brown claimed in his remarks just before sentencing that Sergeant Perry received a fair trial, and that his conviction by an Austin jury “deserves our honor and it deserves to be respected,” despite the fact that Austin is a heavily Democratic city that is more likely to be biased in favor of far-left protesters. Brown also conspicuously did not mention Abbott’s likely pardon when announcing the sentence.

Sergeant Perry was convicted in April over the shooting of Garrett Foster in July of 2020, when numerous cities and states across the country were suffering from widespread race riots by the far-left domestic terrorist organizations Black Lives Matter and Antifa. The riots were in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died of a fentanyl overdose while in police custody in Minneapolis; the widespread violence led to dozens of deaths across the country, as well as $2 billion in damages and hundreds of businesses and other buildings damaged or burned to the ground.

On July 25th, Sergeant Perry was working as an Uber driver and driving through the streets of Austin when his car was suddenly surrounded by BLM rioters. Foster was armed with an assault rifle, and photographs from that night confirm that he aimed his weapon directly at Sergeant Perry through his car window; Perry drew his own handgun and fired at Foster first, killing him in self-defense.

Shortly after the conviction, Governor Abbott denounced the decision and, citing the state’s Stand Your Ground law, vowed to pardon Sergeant Perry. Governor Abbott formally requested that the state Board of Pardons and Paroles review Sergeant Perry’s case in an expedited manner.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: BEAUMONT, TEXAS - OCTOBER 17: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference on October 17, 2022 in Beaumont, Texas. Abbott met with state and local law enforcement to discuss measures in addressing the growing problem of fentanyl in the state. In September, the governor directed the state police through executive order to boost efforts at combating Mexican drug cartels, which he blames for transporting millions of doses of the opioid into Texas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)