Gov. Nixon grants pardons to eight offenders

9 months 1 week 1 day ago July 15, 2016 Jul 15, 2016 Friday, July 15 2016 Friday, July 15, 2016 1:56:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
By: Lexi Larson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday he has granted pardons to five men and three women convicted of non-violent offenses. Each of the individuals has completed their sentence.

“My office gives a very careful review to each petition for clemency we receive, because the power to grant pardons is a weighty responsibility,” Nixon said. “Those reviews have shown that in each of these cases the individual has taken the right steps to become law-abiding and a contributing member of his or her community, and that a pardon is merited.”

Nixon granted pardons to Debra Burks, John Cox, Christine Dickens, Roy Harrell, Eric Lemmons, Michael McIntire, Barry Middleton and Sharon Snow.

Earlier this week, Nixon signed Senate Bill 588, which will make it easier for former offenders who have completed their sentences, paid restitution, and become law-abiding citizens to petition the court to close their criminal records.

The legislation aims to make it easier for Missourians with criminal histories to obtain employment, while also ensuring law enforcement agencies can access the information they need to protect the public.

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