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Ex-Chiefs assistant Britt Reid, who injured a girl while driving drunk, has sentence commuted by governor

Katie Moore and Jonathan Shorman, The Kansas City Star on

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday commuted the sentence of former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid, who was convicted of driving while intoxicated and causing a crash that severely injured a 5-year-old girl.

Reid, 38, will be under house arrest until Oct. 31, 2025, according to Parson’s office. Reid, who is the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, pleaded guilty to a single felony charge of driving while intoxicated, causing serious injury, for the Feb. 4, 2021, crash.

Asked why Parson decided to commute the sentence, Johnathan Shiflett, a spokesman for Parson’s office, responded in a statement Friday: “Mr. Reid has completed his alcohol abuse treatment program and has served more prison time than most individuals convicted of similar offenses.”

The commutation marked at least the second time Parson has exercised his pardon or commutation power to grant clemency to prominent, well-connected individuals. The Republican governor previously pardoned Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple prosecuted after waving guns in front of Black Lives Matter demonstrators.

And it comes as Parson continues to weigh whether to pardon or commute the sentence of Eric DeValkenaere, the former Kansas City police detective who is the first officer in the department ever convicted of killing a Black man.

The timing is remarkable, coming less than three weeks after the Chiefs won a second consecutive Super Bowl led by Andy Reid. A copy of the commutation provided by Parson’s office indicates it was issued on Friday.

 

Ariel Young, who was 5 years old at the time, was a passenger in one of two vehicles that Britt Reid’s pickup slammed into on the side of the entrance ramp along Interstate 435, near the team’s practice facility.

Prosecutors said Britt Reid was driving 83 mph two seconds before the collision and had a serum blood alcohol content of 0.113 about two hours after the crash. The legal limit is 0.08, according to Missouri law. Ariel was in a coma for 11 days.

In November 2022, Reid was sentenced to three years in prison.

Tom Porto, an attorney for the girl and her family, said Friday that he was in disbelief.

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