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Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board votes to recommend clemency for Julius Jones

Pardon and Parole Board members have drastically increased the number of recommendations for commutations and paroles in the last year.
Quinton Chandler
StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted to recommend clemency for high profile death row inmate Julius Jones Monday afternoon.

Julius Jones
Julius Jones

The Pardon and Parole board voted 3-1 to recommend clemency for Julius Jones, who was convicted of the murder of Paul Howell in 1999. The Board also voted to recommend Jones’ sentence be commuted to life with possibility of parole.

Larry Morris, one of the Board members who voted in favor of recommending clemency, said his decision had less to do with whether or not Jones is guilty and more to do with concerns about unequal sentencing.

This recommendation will be given to Gov. Kevin Stitt, who will make the final decision.

Jones’s execution date is set for Nov. 18.

Jones has maintained he is innocent of the crime, and his case has garnered national attention from criminal justice groups and celebrities.

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