|JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Matt Blunt today announced his decision, with the unanimous recommendation of the Missouri Probation and Parole Board, to pardon Scott Flentge, Joy Howard Marshall, Sharo Shirshekan, and Joseph Siebrasse--four of a total of only 14 pardons the governor has granted. He denied almost 1800. In addition, the governor announced action to allow a parole hearing for Gregory Naeger.
"Scott Flentge, Joy Howard Marshall, Sharo Shirshekan and Joseph Siebrasse have paid for their mistakes," Blunt said. "It is my hope and belief that they will continue to be productive citizens."
The offenses of those pardoned were:
- In 1979, at the age of 20, Scott Flentge, was convicted of forgery. He was sentenced to five years probation and has had no subsequent offenses. Flentge applied for a pardon in 2001.
- In 1997, at the age of 22, Joy Howard Marshall, was convicted of passing a bad check. She was sentenced to two years probation, which she completed without incident. She has made restitution and remained a law abiding citizen. Marshall applied for a pardon in 2007.
- In 1980, at the age of 29, Sharo Shirshekan, was convicted of stealing. He was sentenced to three years probation, which he completed without incident. He has made restitution and remained a law abiding citizen. Shirshekan applied for a pardon in 2008.
- In 1996, at the age of 20, Joseph Siebrasse was convicted of stealing. He was sentenced to five years probation, which he served without incident. He remains a law abiding citizen who serves our country in uniform. He applied for a pardon in 2007.
More than two dozen Missourians have advocated for Naeger's parole hearing. In 2001 at the age of 24 he was convicted of second degree burglary, attempted felony stealing and attempted escape. He was sentenced to 17 years but the sentence was shortened to 12 because of legal issues.