The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted today to recommend that Gov. Rick Perry spare condemned prisoner Kenneth Foster from execution and commute his sentence to life.
The vote from the seven-member board was 6-1. Foster was facing lethal injection this evening.
Perry does not have to accept the highly unusual recommendation from the board whose members he appoints.
There was no immediate response from the governor's office.
Foster was the getaway driver and not the actual shooter in the slaying of a 25-year-old man in San Antonio 11 years ago.
Governor Perry can approve or reject the Board's recommendation. Governor Perry's press releases are posted here.