On Thursday, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) stopped the execution of an inmate convicted of murder, instead commuting his sentence to life in prison with no parole.
Governor Stitt released a statement saying, “After prayerful consideration and reviewing materials presented by all sides of this case, I have determined to commute Julius Jones’ sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.”
The announcement from the governor’s office further explained:
Article 6, Section 10 of the Oklahoma Constitution gives the Governor power to grant commutations “upon such conditions and with such restrictions and limitations as the Governor may deem proper.”
Pursuant to that provision, the Governor has ordered that Jones shall not be eligible to apply for or be considered for a commutation, pardon, or parole for the