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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson pardons 24

Gov. Mike Parson
Posted at 11:05 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 12:05:55-05

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican Gov. Mike Parson is pardoning more than two dozen people.

Parson on Monday announced he's pardoning 24 people and commuting the sentences of three prior drug offenders to house arrest.

Parson's office so far has refused to name those getting pardoned. His office said some of the former criminals' families had not yet been notified.

Parson spokeswoman Kelli Jones says the Governor's Office is waiting to name those pardoned until their families are notified. Jones said Parson likely will release the names on Wednesday.

These are the first pardons Parson has granted since taking office in 2018.