A former Missouri Supreme Court judge and Chief Justice is weighing in on Gov. Mike Parson’s decision to commute Britt Reid’s prison sentence.

Reid, the son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, was sentenced to three years in prison for a DWI crash that left a child disabled. But last week, Gov. Parson commuted Reid’s sentence.

Former Supreme Court judge Michael Wolff said the governor has the legal authority to change sentences.

“You can change the conditions under which the sentence is being served, and I think that’s what was done in this case,” Wolff told Missourinet. “(Britt Reid) will serve under house arrest, I guess it’s his house, which is exactly what it sounds like.”

While the governor can grant pardons and commute sentences, Wolfe said Parson cannot grant parole, which is releasing a prisoner from custody before his or her sentence is complete.

“Parole is a separate kind of thing,” he said. “We have a Board of Probation and Parole which makes the decisions as to when somebody who’s in prison can be let out and how much time they’re going to have on parole and what the conditions (of) their parole are.”

Britt Reid will be under house arrest until October of 2025. According to a statement from the governor’s office, he will have to meet weekly with a parole officer, attend counseling, meet with a peer support sponsor, and fulfill strict employment and community service requirements. The statement reads in part, “Mr. Reid has completed his alcohol abuse treatment program and has served more prison time than most individuals convicted of similar offenses.”

Parson has received harsh criticism for his decision to commute Reid’s sentence from both sides of the political aisle, as well as from the family of Ariel Young. She was five years old when Reid crashed into her family car and causing her permanent injuries.

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