Missouri governor: Pardon of 4-decade inmate not a priority


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says addressing the clemency petition for a man who's been behind bars for a triple murder for more than four decades is not a "priority," even though prosecutors say he didn't commit the crime.

Parson noted that Kevin Strickland, 62, was tried "by a jury of his peers" and found guilty. But he added that he knew there was "a lot more information out there."

Parson has a backlog of about 3,000 clemency requests, the Kansas City Star reported. He issued almost no pardons before his reelection in 2020 but has since begun issuing...

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