Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Sitt on Thursday granted clemency to death row inmate Julius Jones amid mounting pressure from the public.
Sitt’s decision came just hours before Jones, 41, was scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday.
“After prayerful consideration and reviewing materials presented by all sides of this case, I have determined to commute Julius Jones’ sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole,” Sitt said in a statement.
Jones, who has maintained his innocence for two decades, was convicted in 1999 for the slaying of businessman Paul Howell.
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