By Associated Press - Friday, February 26, 2021

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has granted 15 new pardons and two sentence commutations, the Republican governor’s office said Friday.

Parson‘s office declined to name those being pardoned or having their sentences commuted. A news release said the names will be released after all families have been notified.

Parson‘s legal team continues to review clemency files and is “working to reduce the backlog inherited by his administration,” the release said, citing about 3,300 pending clemency applications.

In December, Parson granted 24 pardons and commuted the sentences of three prior drug offenders to house arrest.

Parson was the lieutenant governor who became governor when Eric Greitens resigned in 2018. Parson defeated Democrat Nicole Galloway in the November election.

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