Sedalia man's family pleads for Gov. Nixon to grant him clemency
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Sedalia man's family pleads for Gov. Nixon to grant him clemency

Date: April 28, 2014
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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The family of a Sedalia man sentenced to life in prison for marijuana possession pleaded for Gov. Nixon to grant him clemency
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Wrap: The family of Jeff Mizanskey delivered more than 360,000 signatures on a petition to Governor Jay Nixon, asking him to grant Mizanskey clemency.

Mizanskey is serving life in prison without parole for three felony marijuana convictions.

Nixon's press secretary Scott Holste said the governor's office has received the clemency request.

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Description: I did confirm last week it had been received and it was in the review process.

Family members said Mizanskey did not deserve the sentence he received.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.

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Family members of a Sedalia man serving life in prison for marijuana possession say his punishment is too harsh.
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Wrap: Family members and friends of Jeff Mizanskey said his punishment for his third marijuana-related conviction is way too harsh and Governor Jay Nixon should do something about it.

Mizanskey's son Chris said the governor should do the right thing.

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Description: I plead with him to let my dad out of prison because he's been there 20 years, missed a whole lifetime of stuff with him. My nieces, his grandkids, my nephews, all them people that haven't had no time to spend with him like I did when I was younger. The man was a perfect dad, a perfect friend, and he was always out to help people.

Nixon's press secretary said they have received the clemency request and are reviewing it.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.

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Family members of a man serving life without parole for marijuana possession want Governor Nixon to grant clemency
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Wrap: Jeff Mizanskey is currently serving life in prison without parole after being convicted 20 years ago for his third drug related offense.

Missouri's prior and persistent drug offender law allows a judge to sentence an offender to such a conviction on the third offense.

Mizanskey's nephew Mike said the justice system isn't fair.

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Description: My uncle rots away in a cell for a nonviolent marijuana-only offense while murderers, rapists, and child molesters get lighter sentences. My uncle has witnessed many of these men who are guilty of heinous crimes get paroled while some become repeat offenders just to be next to him.

Nixon's press secretary said they have received the clemency request and are reviewing it.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.


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