G.Q. Rick Perry has once again ticked off Texans…
Perry has commuted the execution of an inmate that was scheduled to die today. Kenneth Foster had faced execution tonight in Huntsville for being the getaway driver in an attempted robbery and murder of Michael LaHood in San Antonio in 1996.
Perry said he believes “the right and just decision is to commute Foster’s sentence from the death penalty to life imprisonment.”
From the Houston Chronicle:
For only the third time since he’s been in office, Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday commuted the death sentence of a Texas inmate to life imprisonment following a recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.
The move by the governor came about an hour after the equally rare recommendation, on the same day that Kenneth Foster Jr., 30, was scheduled to die for the 1996 slaying of Michael LaHood Jr., 25, the son of a San Antonio attorney.
Now I understand that Foster was the “get-away driver” but was he not an accomplice in this crime? Did he not have a choice to take part in this crime? I heard the victim’s brother on 740 KTRHyesterday – check out what he has to say about this dirt bag’s past and the crimes (yes plural) that he committed on the same day as the murder. Yes, maybe Foster should not have been tried together with the actual man that committed the murder but I still stand my ground when I say that Foster played an active role in the crime and being the driver makes him just as guilty as pulling the trigger.
For a more complete story, read the Dallas News.