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Crowd Cheers as Oklahoma Governor Commutes Death Sentence for Julius Jones

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Oklahoma Gov Kevin Stitt commuted the sentence of Julius Jones, who was due to be executed, on Thursday, November 18.

Footage captured by The Black Times Oklahoma News journalist Tyreke Baker shows the moment the news broke in McAlester, Oklahoma, on Thursday.

Protesters had gathered at the state capitol building and the governor’s mansion overnight demanding that Gov Stitt commute Jones’s sentence.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, citing doubts about Jones’s guilt, had voted 3-1 to ask Stitt to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment. Jones had been placed on death row after he was convicted for the murder of businessman Paul Howell in 1999.

Jones’s sentence is now life without the possibility of parole, Stitt said in a tweet. Credit: Tyreke Baker/The Black Times Oklahoma News via Storyful

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