Gov. Stitt commutes Julius Jones’ sentence, without possibility of parole

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — UPDATE, 11/18/21, 12:40 p.m.: Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor has released a statement:

“The Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General respects the statutory authority of the Governor to make this decision. I know Governor Stitt is making what he believes is the right decision. I appreciate the Governor’s condition that Mr. Jones never be released from prison. However, we are greatly disappointed that after 22 years, four appeals, including the review of 13 appellate Judges, the work of the investigators, prosecutors, jurors, and the trial Judge have been set aside. A thorough review of the evidence confirms Julius Jones’ guilt in this case and that the death penalty was warranted. Our office will continue to work for justice and for the safety of all Oklahomans, including families like Paul Howell’s. We recognize that the pain of losing a loved one never ends, and our hearts and prayers are with the Howell family.”

Gov. Kevin Stitt has commuted Julius Jones’ sentence to life without the possibility of parole.

Gov. Stitt released the following statement:

“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.”

Earlier this month, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended clemency for Jones.

Oklahoma lawmakers have also been vocal about the doubt surrounding Jones’ case.

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