Gov. Nixon Evades Questions About Jeff Mizanskey, Man Serving Life in Prison for Pot

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Jeff Mizanskey

Mizanskey has requested clemency, and that request has garnered a large amount of support online. A Change.org petition asking Nixon to grant clemency has received more than 360,000 signatures. Mizanskey's son, Chris, and other supporters are planning to symbolically deliver these signatures to the governor in Jefferson City today.

See also: "Free Jeff Mizanskey" Efforts Continue with Billboards and 360,000 Signatures

Jeff Mittelhauser, the original prosecutor in Mizanskey's case, told KCTV in Kansas City last week that he would support clemency for Mizanskey -- but only if he admits to the crime. Mizanskey has insisted he did not know a drug deal was going down at the time; only Spanish was being spoken in the hotel room when the deal went down, and Mizanskey claims he was just doing a favor for a friend by giving a ride and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Police involved in the sting told the Riverfront Times last year that the focus of the sting was a man named Atilano Quintana and it appeared Mizanskey wasn't involved -- at least not to the extent of Quintana, who ended up getting ten years in prison for the deal.

Mittelhauser is more open about his views of the sentence than when he spoke to the Riverfront Times last year and said he would only give his opinion about clemency if the governor asks him. But it appears he would suggest clemency if asked. Phone calls to Mittelhauser's office Friday from Daily RFT were not immediately returned.

Interestingly, Mittelhauser, who initially offered Mizanskey twenty years for his involvement in the Quintana sting, is currently running for judge in Missouri's Division Six. His opponent is Rep. Stanley Cox, who represented Quintana during the Mizanskey case and, as a high-ranking member in the state legislature, has been accused of blocking marijuana-reform bills.

See also: State Rep. Stanley Cox Says Missouri's Marijuana Laws Are Just Fine the Way They Are

Nixon is among the least generous governors in the country when it comes to granting clemency. During his nearly six years as governor, Nixon has only used this executive power once -- for convicted murderer Richard Clay, whose sentence was commuted from death to life without parole. That case is believed by some to contain prosecutorial misconduct, according to the Post-Dispatch. Nixon was the state attorney general at the time and he appointed attorney Kenny Hulshof to the case.

There are currently thousands of clemency petitions awaiting a response.

See also: Mike Anderson Officially Asks Gov. Jay Nixon for Clemency, Rebuts AG Chris Koster

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32 comments
cassius22003
cassius22003

Nixon is a coward! He should have been thrown out of office after he divged Missouri citizen conceal and carry information to the Feds.Coward!

Pete Magliocco
Pete Magliocco

True, however 21 years is more than enough for a pot charge. If he screws up again, he'll go back to prison. Give the dude a shot, for crying out loud.

Brian Conley
Brian Conley

Actually, the man is in prison for multiple arrests for possesion and for intent to distribute. I don't believe he deserves life, but he is not innocent either. It's not like he got life for smoking a joint.

Andrew Russell
Andrew Russell

Biggest load of bullshit sentence ever, people have been given less for 1st degree murder.

Ricky Izland
Ricky Izland

don't believe everything you hear and read

Soozi Mikulas
Soozi Mikulas

Beyond ridiculous. Child molesters, rapists, & animal abusers aren't served this type of punishment. Makes no sense whatsoever.

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

He's actually serving life for the 3 strikes law.

FlyingTooLow
FlyingTooLow

And all of the folks involved in this man's prosecution, defense, and clemency hearings are now involved in politics.

Hopefully, the voters will remove these lunatics from office.   These are crimes against humanity. 

Anytime in prison for marijuana is wrong.    Whether it's 20 years or 20 minutes...it is wrong.

Patti Woodard
Patti Woodard

They let out sex offenders and keep them lodged for pot. Sounds pathetic.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Missourians need to show this fake democrat the door.

Gary Muich
Gary Muich

He so full of shit as they all are! Tells you anything to get the monkey off his back! Another jerk worthless elected official!

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Let the guy out ...I am tired of feeding him.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. That's what I always say. 

Drum Mer M JZ
Drum Mer M JZ

Lmao it means ya ya maybe one day when we are bored we'll look at it

Tim Corkill
Tim Corkill

People from Desoto are hardcore religious conservatives that would wrather feed their kids pills and prepare them for the NAZI meth..

Jan Burrus
Jan Burrus

BS is what is said - still won't deal with this!!

eldonorr
eldonorr

how many times do you have to review the fact that a man was sentenced to LIFE IN PRISON for being a bit player in a 6 lb. marijuana case before you develop a sense of justice and exercise some MERCY for the poor man and his family?  The 3 strike program is an injustice in itself as people are being repeatedly punished for the same crime for which they've already done their time.

jcamp1238
jcamp1238

hi, this is such a great article

Mimi62
Mimi62

@dalediversity Don't you think 20 years is enough. They let a child molester out in less time. How often do you get behind a wheel after a few beers. Your committing a crime. Would you feel the same way if it was your family member. I don't think so. Your remarks are childish immature and just plain stupid. I think he has done the time for the crime.

Mimi62
Mimi62

@dalediversity Don't you think 20 years is enough. They let a child molester out in less time. How often do you get behind a wheel after a few beers. Your committing a crime. Would you feel the same way if it was your family member. I don't think so. Your remarks are childish immature and just plain stupid. I think he has done the time for the crime.


dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

@Mimi62 "You're" committing a crime. Not "Your". My family members don't commit crimes like selling drugs. 

bbrubaker2014
bbrubaker2014

@dalediversity @Mimi62 I do not use drugs NOR do I smoke Marijuana. I am a mother, raised 4 children AND grand mother of 5. You are a cold, thoughtless human being. People like YOU are the VERY REASON these Inhumane things ARE happening to NON-Violent people. I hope one day YOU face a situation that brings you to your knees & maybe JUST maybe THEN you will come to understand the difference between "humane" & "inhumane" 

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