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Only man in Missouri serving life without parole for marijuana offenses, granted parole, son says

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Free Jeff Mizanskey campaign. From the Free Jeff Mizanskey Facebook page.

Free Jeff Mizanskey campaign. From the Free Jeff Mizanskey Facebook page.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The only man in Missouri serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana related
offenses is now getting released from the maximum-security prison in Jefferson City, according to the man’s son.

Jeff Mizanskey was told Monday morning that he has been granted parole, according to his son, Chris. Chris Mizanskey says his dad should be released within 10 to 25 days. He says his dad called him briefly Monday morning to share the news. They planned to talk again Monday night.

Jeff Mizanskey, to be freed,  after spending 20 years for repeated marijuana offenses.  He was sentenced to life without parole.

Jeff Mizanskey, to be freed, after spending 20 years for repeated marijuana offenses. He was sentenced to life without parole.

Jeff Mizanskey has already served more than 20 years in the prison for repeat marijuana offenses. He is now 62-years old.

Chris Mizanskey appealed to the public and to the governor on Change.org and Facebook and social media.

One paragraph of the Change.org petition says:

“My father…. has been in prison since he was 41. His parents – my grandparents – have since passed. While my dad has been trapped behind bars, generations of kids and grandkids have been born into our family who have never even met the man. The State of Missouri spends roughly $22,000/year to keep him locked up. Meanwhile all my dad wants to do is be a productive part of society, work and pay taxes, be with his family. And I want my dad back.”

In May, Governor Jay Nixon commuted Mizanskey’s sentence, and allowed Mizanskey to be up for parole, which was held last week.