UPDATE: Julius Jones’ sentence commuted by Oklahoma Governor
The decision came hours before the scheduled execution.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – UPDATE: Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones had his death sentence commuted by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt hours before the scheduled execution.
Jones will now serve a life sentence in prison with no chance of parole.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones is scheduled to be executed today at 4 p.m. central time.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is still considering a recommendation from the pardon and parole board to change the sentence to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Jones has been on death row in connection to a 1999 murder for nearly 20 years. Jones and his family have maintained his innocence.
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board voted 3-1 on November 1 in favor of commuting Jones’ sentence. If accepted, the new sentence would be life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Overnight, supporters of Jones held a candlelight vigil outside the Governor’s mansion, with Oklahoma State Troopers and armored vehicles in the area.
Students at multiple school districts in Oklahoma staged walkouts Wednesday in support of Jones.
In recent years, Jones’ case has attracted widespread attention after “The Last Defense,” an ABC documentary, highlighted his case in 2018.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian, actors Kerry Washington and Mandy Patinkin, and Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield have all called upon Gov. Stitt to spare Jones.