Army Sergeant Sentenced to 25 Years for Fatal Shooting of Air Force Veteran
United States Army Sergeant Daniel Perry has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Air Force veteran Garrett Foster during a Black Lives Matter protest in 2020. Perry claimed that Foster had approached his car with a rifle and pointed it at him, prompting him to shoot in self-defense. Perry was working as a ride-share driver at the time and had just dropped off a client, unaware of the protests. Perry’s attorneys argued that he kept a weapon in his vehicle for personal protection.
Perry’s conviction for Foster’s murder in April sparked outrage from Conservatives, with Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) stating that he would sign a pardon once the recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles reaches his desk. However, it is unclear when that will happen. Perry’s defense asked the court to consider his military career and requested a sentence of no more than 10 years. A forensic psychologist testified that Perry has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The prosecutor in the case, Guillermo Gonzalez, urged the judge to issue a sentence of at least 25 years, stating that Perry is still a danger. Garrett’s mother addressed the court at the sentencing hearing, saying, “After three long years, we’re finally getting justice for Garrett.” Perry’s attorney, Douglas O’Connell, said that they plan on appealing the decision.
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