Law firm requests pardon before Greitens' resignation
COLUMBIA - Bukowsky Law Firm has one last request for Gov. Eric Greitens during his final hours in office. The firm is asking Greitens to grant a clemency petition for a man serving a life sentence.
Jessie McKim was convicted in 1999 of strangling a woman named Wendy Wagnon.
In 2012, the Bukowsky Law Firm received a random unsolicited letter from McKim. Attached to the letter was an additional letter from a doctor who McKim requested to review the case. It claimed the death of Wendy Wagnon was not a strangulation case, but it was a case of a methamphetamine overdose.
However, McKim has been unable to get relief because the judicial system has decided that he is guilty and should stay incarcerated.
Caleb Smith is a paralegal for the Bukowsky Law Firm who has been working on this case for about five years with Jennifer Bukowsky.
"Sometimes the judicial branch can make mistakes or impose a punishment that is just a little too harsh. Here it's both," Smith said.
Since Gov. Eric Greitens took office, the Bukowsky Law Firm has been trying to get Greitens to grant clemency on the case. They have filed letters, tried talking to people in his office, and the firm has yet to receive a response.
"I am very optimistic that Eric Greitens will have the opportunity to respond to our clemency request, because he still has time to do some great things for the state of Missouri in his next few days in office," Smith said.
Bukowsky Law Firm says if they do not hear a response from Greitens they will continue to pursue clemency requests from the next governor.