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Oklahoma Pardons and Parole Board recommends commutation of Julius Jones’ sentence


The Oklahoma Pardons and Parole Board voted 3-1 on Monday to recommend death row inmate Julius Jones for commutation. Jones was convicted of the 1999 murder of Edmond businessman Paul Howell, 45. >> Related: Oklahoma Pardons and Parole Board Recommends Commuting Death Row Inmate Julius Jones. Monday’s decision sparked strong emotions among Jones supporters and Howell’s relatives. The decision to take Jones off death row will now rest with Governor Kevin Stitt. “We still have some way to go at this stage,” said Jones’ mother Madeline Davis-Jones. “I am only praising and thanking the Lord.” Jones supporters celebrated the decision and his family cried tears of relief. “Speechless. In the right place,” Davis-Jones said. from Howell’s family as well as prosecutors representing the district attorney and Jones attorneys. Ultimately, the board voted in favor of recommending a commutation for Jones. One of the board members said the decision was not easy. >> Did you know? Group gathers for march in Oklahoma City in support of death row inmate Julius Jones “To put it simply, I have doubts about this case. I cannot ignore those doubts, especially when the stakes are life or death “said Adam Luck, member of the Oklahoma Pardons and Parole Board. “For this reason my vote is ‘yes’ and I recommend commuting the sentence to life in prison with the possibility of parole.” Jones has always claimed his innocence. The recommendation now goes to Stitt. Davis-Jones said she did not have a message for the governor. “I don’t know what to tell him,” Davis-Jones said. “Just that I love him, and I know he’s going to do well.” >> Related: Family Launches “Justice for Paul Howell” Campaign as Death Row Inmate Julius Jones Maintains Innocence Stitt’s Office Has issued a statement, saying, “The governor takes his role in this process seriously and will carefully consider the recommendation of the Pardons and Parole Board, as he does in all cases.”

The Oklahoma Pardons and Parole Board voted 3-1 on Monday to recommend death row inmate Julius Jones for commutation.

Jones was convicted of the 1999 murder of Edmond businessman Paul Howell, 45.

>> Related: Oklahoma Pardons and Parole Board recommends commuting death row inmate Julius Jones

Monday’s decision sparked strong emotions among Jones supporters and Howell’s relatives. The decision to take Jones off death row will now rest with Governor Kevin Stitt.

“We still have some way to go at this stage,” said Jones’ mother Madeline Davis-Jones. “I am only praising and thanking the Lord.”

Jones’ supporters celebrated the decision and his family cried in relief.

“Speechless. In the right place,” Davis-Jones said.

The Oklahoma Pardons and Parole Board met to hear from Howell’s family as well as prosecutors representing the district attorney and attorneys for Jones.

Ultimately, the board voted in favor of recommending a commutation for Jones. One of the board members said the decision was not easy.

>> Did you know? Group gathers for march in Oklahoma City in support of death row inmate Julius Jones

“To put it simply, I have doubts about this matter. I cannot ignore those doubts, especially when the stakes are life or death,” said Adam Luck, member of the Pardons and Parole Board of Oklahoma. “For this reason my vote is ‘yes’ and I recommend commuting the sentence to life in prison with the possibility of parole.”

Jones has always maintained his innocence. The recommendation now goes to Stitt.

Davis-Jones said she did not have a message for the governor.

“I don’t know what to tell him,” Davis-Jones said. “Just that I love him, and I know he’s going to do well.”

>> Related: Family launches ‘Justice for Paul Howell’ campaign as death row inmate Julius Jones claims his innocence

Stitt’s office issued a statement, saying: “The governor takes his role seriously in this process and will carefully consider the recommendation of the Pardons and Parole Board as he does in any case.”

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