‘Something that I don’t take lightly’: Gov. Stitt still mulling Julius Jones commutation

Gov. Kevin Stitt said he is leaning on his faith and the advice of former Oklahoma governors as he carefully considers whether to commute the sentence of a high-profile death row inmate.

Stitt said Friday he is still considering whether to commute the sentence of Julius Jones, whose case has garnered national attention.

“It certainly is something that’s weighing on me, and it’s something that I prayerfully consider,” he said. “I have to faithfully execute my job as governor, and this is something that I don’t take lightly.”

Stitt’s remarks marked the first time the governor has spoken publicly about the case to reporters since the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-1 to recommend Jones’ death sentence be reduced to life with the possibility of parole.

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