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Prosecutor to drop felony charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens

The Associated Press
| Wednesday, May 30, 2018 6:24 p.m
FILE - In this May 17, 2018 file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens looks on before speaking at an event near the capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations against Greitens have been shared with federal authorities by both a private attorney and a key lawmaker, according to testimony Thursday, May 24, 2018, during a legislative hearing by a special committee considering whether to recommend impeachment. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
Associated Press
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens prepares to speak at an event May 17, 2018, near the capitol in Jefferson City, Mo.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Prosecutors agreed to drop one of two felony criminal cases against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens after the governor’s attorneys said he would resign if the allegations were dismissed, a spokeswoman for St. Louis’ top prosecutor said Wednesday.

A day after Greitens announced that he would step down, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said her office decided to dismiss a charge of computer data tampering following conversations with the defense team for the governor, who was once a rising star in the Republican Party.

“I remain confident we have the evidence required to pursue charges against Mr. Greitens, but sometimes pursuing charges is not the right thing to do for our city or our state,” said Gardner, a Democrat.

A spokeswoman for Gardner’s office, Susan Ryan, said the defense approached prosecutors with an offer to resign if the case were dropped. Prosecutors agreed.

Defense attorney Jim Martin acknowledged reaching out to Gardner to resolve the issue but added, “I don’t think that’s exactly the full play.” He did not elaborate.

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