Gov. Kevin Stitt announced that he has commuted Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones’ sentence to life without the possibility of parole.
Jones was sentenced to death for the 1999 murder of Edmond businessman and father Paul Howell. The death row inmate has maintained his innocence and has garnered national attention.
Stitt’s decision comes more than two weeks after the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended clemency for the high-profile death row inmate. Once the board recommended clemency and commuting Jones’ sentence to life with the possibility of parole, Jones’ fate went into the governor’s hands.
Howell’s family has been vocal about Jones being the person who killed the Edmond businessman more than 20 years ago.