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Daniel Perry sentenced to 25 years for murder. Gov. Abbott wants to pardon him. Why? It’s complicated.

Perry shot and killed Garrett Foster during protests in Austin in 2020. The case involves gun rights, self-defense….and social media.


Daniel Perry listens to members of Garrett Foster’s family after he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for Foster’s 2020 murder.


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On Wednesday, a Texas judge sentenced Daniel Perry to 25 years in prison. Perry shot and killed Air Force veteran Garrett Foster in downtown Austin in July 2020 amid protests against police violence and racial injustice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

Even before the sentence was handed down, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he wants to pardon Perry, though that's contingent on a recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole.

Jolie McCullough has been following the story and reporting on it for the Texas Tribune. In the audio above, she joins Houston Matters to explain why and how this case is made up of a complex set of circumstances, involving gun rights, self-defense, and even social media posts.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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