Oklahoma governor commutes Julius Jones’ death sentence

Oklahoma governor commutes Julius Jones’ death sentence


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted the death sentence of condemned inmate Julius Jones on Thursday, just hours before his scheduled execution. Jones has proclaimed his innocence from death row for more than two decades in the 1999 killing of a suburban Oklahoma City businessman.

Stitt commuted the 41-year-old Jones’ death sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. He had been scheduled for execution at 4 p.m.

“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,” Stitt said in a news release.

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A crowd that had gathered inside of the Oklahoma Capitol in support of Jones broke out into loud applause and

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