Robert Franklin was sentenced to 22 years in state prison for possessing 1 pound of marijuana with the intent to distribute. But he’s free after serving 12 years because Missouri Gov. Mike Parson commuted the Columbia man’s sentence in May.

Based on Parson’s recommendation, the Board of Probation and Parole office agreed Franklin should be set free, and he was released last week.

Franklin spent his first day out of prison surrounded by family and supporters. He held tight his 15-year-old daughter, ate at a local Steak ‘n Shake and could hardly sit still. He’ll light fireworks with his family on Monday, and enjoy his freedom.

– Read the entire article at The Kansas City Star.

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