MO Gov. Parson pardons/commutes sentences for 30 people, including a Joplin man

Missouri Governor Parson releases the names of the 30 people whose sentences he commuted or who were pardoned by the Governor, and the list includes a Joplin man.

Gary Mitchell got 15 years in prison without parole on a non-violent drug crime in 2013 because he had a prior conviction.

He appealed after state law was changed in 2014 to repeal the guidelines that directed judges to sentence non-violent drug offenders without a chance of parole.

Mitchell and two others had their sentences commuted by the Governor to house arrest contingent upon approval of a home plan.