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Missouri man with life sentence for pot offenses to be freed

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Jeff Mizanskey.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A Missouri man sentenced to life without parole for marijuana-related offenses is set to be released from prison.

Jeff Mizanskey’s attorney says he will be released Tuesday from the Jefferson City Correctional Center after spending more than two decades behind bars.

Police say Mizanskey conspired to sell 6 pounds of pot to a dealer connected to Mexican drug cartels.

He was sentenced and convicted as a persistent drug offender under Missouri law. The law allowed life without parole for people with three felony drug convictions. It’s since been changed.

Missouri’s Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon commuted Mizanskey’s sentence in May, making him eligible for parole.

Mizanskey’s attorney says the man’s son and grandchildre are expected to meet him once he’s released.