Oklahoma Governor Commutes Julius Jones’ Death Sentence, Hours Before Executed

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The governor of Oklahoma has spared the life of 41-year-old Julius Jones hours before his scheduled execution. On Thursday (Nov. 18), Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced that Jones’ death sentence has been reduced to life without the possibility of parole.

Jones was incarcerated and sentenced to death after he was found guilty for the 1999 murder of Paul Howell, a white businessman who shot and killed outside his parents’ home in Edmond, Oklahoma.

During his time behind bars, he’s maintained his innocence; information has also surfaced that appears to back his claim.

Recently, J. Cole joined in the fight for Jones’ clemency, taking to social media to bring attention to the case.

“Read this please. Then share. Oklahoma is a day away from executing a man,” Cole wrote. “The evidence that this man is innocent is overwhelming. So much so that the state parole board recommended to the governor that he not be executed. With 1 day left of his life, the governor hasn’t acted.”