After being sentenced to life in prison in 1996 Jeff Mizanskey was released today. According to NBC News, he had his first run in with the police in 1984 for selling marijuana, then another altercation in 1991 for possessing marijuana. However, it was his crime, just five years later, of conspiring to sell nearly six pounds of marijuana to related Mexican drug cartels that brought on his harsh sentence.
Mizanskey was sentenced to life in prison and was the only prisoner in Missouri who was committed for a nonviolent crime. With the help of his campaigning son and about 400,00 petition signers Governor Nixon gave him freedom once again when he realized that he had not sold any drugs to children.
Today, Mizanskey is a free man — at least partially. He is on parole and while he admitted to media he would love to smoke marijuana, he realizes that he cannot.