Bill Reker

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – A Central Missouri congressional candidate is advocating for clemency for a man serving life in prison for marijuana possession.

Jeff Mizanskey was sentenced to life in prison without parole after his third felony marijuana conviction in 1993.

Democrat Nate Irvin is asking Governor Jay Nixon to grant clemency.

“To some extent, we’ve been maybe holding on to keeping Jeff in prison because we don’t want to admit our wrong,” he said. “But if we can’t admit that we’ve done wrong and correct it, I feel like we’ve lost something. Our government’s lost something, our society’s lost something.”

Irvin, who is running against Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler, said Mizanskey has served more than enough time for the crime he committed.

Mizanskey’s brother also came to the Capitol to speak for him.

“Because he has exhausted all of his appeals, I am here today to tell his story in hopes that Gov. Jay Nixon will take time to look over his petition for clemency and give my brother his life back,” he said.

Nixon’s press secretary says a clemency petition delivered five months ago is still under review.

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