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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson pardons McCloskeys and 10 other people, commutes 2 sentences

Kevin Strickland was not on the pardon list
Posted at 5:29 PM, Aug 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-03 18:29:00-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has pardoned 12 people, including Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey, and commuted two sentences.

The McCloskey's pleaded guilty to misdemeanors in June, Patricia to misdemeanor harassment and Mark to fourth-degree assault, after the couple confronted Black Lives Matter demonstrators with guns outside their St. Louis home in June 2020. The weapons they used during the incident were destroyed as part of the plea deal.

Mark McCloskey announced in Maythat he would run for the U.S. Senate in 2022 to replace the retiring Sen. Roy Blunt.

The governor's pardon list did not include Kevin Strickland.

Strickland has been in prison for 43 years after being convicted in a triple murder many think he did not do.

Parson in late June saidhe wasn't completely convinced of Strickland's innocence.