JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is pardoning nine people convicted of nonviolent crimes.

Nixon on Friday announced the pardons for military veterans and others who completed their sentences.

Granting a pardon restores rights but does not expunge criminal records.

Those granted clemency were convicted of stealing, burglary or possession of controlled substances such as methamphetamine.

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste says the Democratic governor has granted 23 pardons since taking office in 2009. He’s granted three commutations, which shorten sentences.

Holste says there are about 3,000 pending requests for clemency, which include pardons and commutations.