Clemency, commutation recommended for Julius Jones, decision now in Gov. Stitt’s hands

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has recommended clemency for Julius Jones in a 3-1 vote.

In addition to clemency, the board recommends commuting Jones’ sentence to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole.

This is the second time that the board has recommended clemency and commutation for Jones. The decision to save Jones is now in Gov. Stitt’s hands. Stitt has previously said that he would wait for today’s clemency hearing before making a final decision.

Dozens of supporters stood outside of the meeting as the board heard from Paul Howell’s family and Julius Jones himself.

Paul Howell was shot to death outside of an Edmond home in 1999. Jones was quickly named a suspect, along with Christopher Jordan. Jordan was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the shooting. He served 15 years of that sentence.

Howell’s family said that Jones does not deserve mercy.

As of right now, Jones is scheduled to be executed on Nov. 18. It’s not clear when Gov. Stitt will make his decision.