Oklahoma governor grants clemency to Julius Jones, halting his execution

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New York Daily News

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted the death sentence of Julius Jones on Thursday to life in prison without parole, hours before his scheduled execution. The ruling came after attorneys for Jones filed an emergency, eleventh-hour request that the state hold off until Stitt had weighed in. Jones, convicted in the 1999 shooting of businessman Paul Howell during a carjacking, has steadfastly maintained his innocence. The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted in September to commute his death sentence and then voted to recommend clemency on Nov. 1. That decision was ultimately up to Stitt, who ha…

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