Missouri man serving life sentence for marijuana offense has sentence commuted

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Governor Jay Nixon commuted the sentence for Missouri’s only man serving life in prison for non-violent marijuana-related offenses.

Jeff Mizanskey, now 62, was arrested during an undercover drug bust in Sedalia in 1993. He was sentenced in 1996 under the state’s Prior and Persistent Drug Offender Law, which is a three-strike system.

FOX 2 Now reports that at the time of Mizanskey’s arrest, police were after a drug dealer who hired two men to smuggled more than 100 pounds of marijuana across state lines. When police followed the smugglers to a hotel where the dealer was, they found Mizanskey, who already had two strikes on his record. The third gave him life without parole.

Approximately 130 Missouri lawmakers signed a letter to Gov. Nixon asking for clemency. It was drafted by Representative Shamed Dogan, who points out that Mizanskey got his sentence under a…

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