A US Army sergeant convicted of killing a Black Lives Matter protester in 2020 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
A judge sentenced Daniel Perry, 36, on Wednesday, for fatally shooting Garrett Foster, 28, at a protest in Austin. Perry and Foster are both white.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott previously said he would pardon Perry as soon as an official request “hits my desk”.
Republicans and Perry’s attorneys argued he acted in self defence.
The sentencing comes a month after a Travis County jury unanimously voted to convict Perry of Foster’s murder.
The jury found Perry not guilty on an additional charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
After his conviction, Governor Abbott tweeted: “I am working as swiftly as Texas law allows regarding the pardon of Sgt Perry.”
The state’s pardon board, which must approve such orders, said an expedited investigation would begin immediately.
Source : BBC