Missouri Gov. Parson pardons 24

Associated Press
Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson speaks during a campaign rally at a gun store Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Lees Summit, Mo.

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Monday pardoned 24 people but has not yet identified them.

Parson also commuted the sentences of three prior drug offenders to house arrest. These are the first pardons Parson has granted since taking office in 2018. 

Parson's office on Monday 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.