A Missouri University of Science and Technology senior research specialist was one of nine people convicted of non-violent offenses who was granted a pardon by Missouri's governor Monday.
A Missouri University of Science and Technology senior research specialist was one of nine people convicted of non-violent offenses who was granted a pardon by Missouri’s governor Monday.
Gov. Jay Nixon granted clemency to Steven M. Lusher, who in 1989 was convicted in Cole County of possession of marijuana and placed on five years’ probation.
Lusher earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) and has worked in the civil, architecture and environmental engineering department at S&T for several years.
Among the eight men and one woman pardoned were military veterans and others who completed their sentences.
Many of those granted clemency were convicted for theft or marijuana possession.
The one woman given a pardon was Carol Shadden. She served two years’ probation for continuing on state assistance after she no longer was eligible.
Each of the individuals pardoned has completed his or her sentence.
Nixon has granted just one other clemency request since taking office in 2009.
A coalition of Missouri lawyers and law professors called on Nixon earlier this year to commute the prison sentences of 14 women they say were victims of domestic abuse.
Nixon so far has not pardoned any of the women listed by the Community Coalition for Clemency.
A spokesman for Nixon says there are 2,406 pending clemency petitions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.