Inmate sentenced to life in prison may be a free man this summer

3 years 3 weeks 2 days ago Monday, May 25 2015 May 25, 2015 Monday, May 25, 2015 6:23:00 PM CDT May 25, 2015 in News
By: Andrea Gonzales, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - An inmate who was sentenced life in prison without parole may be a free man this summer.

Governor Jay Nixon granted Jeff Mizanskey clemency on Friday, which makes him eligible for parole. A judge sentenced Mizanskey in 1996 for three marijuana offenses.

"The executive power to grant clemency is one I take with a great deal of consideration and seriousness," Nixon said. "In each of the cases where I have granted a pardon, the individual has demonstrated the ability and willingness to turn his or her life around and become a contributing member of society."

Mizanskey's attorney Dan Viets spoke to KOMU 8 News on Monday when he got back from Washington D.C. Viets was not in Missouri at the time of the announcement so he hadn't spoken to Mizanskey about his current state.

A parole board will now decide whether Mizanskey is a good candidate for parole. 

"We'll do our best to persuade the parole board that he has a good candidate for parole," Veits said. "That shouldn't be too difficult because Jeff has never been in any kind of trouble. He's been a model prisoner. He teaches other prisoners how to make furniture. He has obeyed all the rules. He's never given the institution any trouble at all."

The parole hearing has not been scheduled yet.

Viets said Mizanskey has a tumor and would like to be released so he can be with his family. 

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