Missouri man serving life for marijuana offenses gets relief
Photo courtesy of Aaron Malin, shown with Jeff Mizanskey, right.
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri man sentenced to life without parole for marijuana-related offenses could be released after a decision by Gov. Jay Nixon.
Nixon on Friday commuted the sentence of Jeff Mizanskey to make the 62-year-old man eligible for parole and is effective immediately.
Mizanskey has served more than two decades in prison after being sentenced and convicted as a persistent drug offender under Missouri law. The law allowed life without parole for people with three felony drug convictions and has since been changed.
Police say Mizanskey conspired to sell six pounds of pot to a dealer connected to Mexican drug cartels.
Family members and lawmakers have called on Nixon to grant clemency.
Nixon says his action gives Mizanskey a chance to demonstrate he deserves parole.