JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A man serving a life sentence for non-violent marijuana offenses is now being released from prison, according to his son. According to a WDAF-TV report Jeff Mizanskey should be released within 10-25 days. He was told Monday morning that he has been granted parole.
Mizanskey has served more than 20 years in prison for repeat marijuana offenses. He is now 62-years old. Governor Jay Nixon commuted his life sentence in May.
He 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.
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who points out that Mizanskey got his sentence under a “prior and persistent offender statute” legislators recently repealed.
390,000 citizens signed a Change.Org petition, started by Jeff’s son, Chris Mizanskey.