Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has spared the life of death row inmate, Julius Jones.
Celebrity star, Kim Kardashian-West lobbied for his release and for him not to be sentenced to death.
Kim Kardashian West posted a series of tweets outlining what she referred to as the “cold machinery” of the U.S. death penalty in her latest attempt to stop the execution.
Jones was on death row for the July 1999 murder of Paul Howell, an insurance executive who was shot in the driveway of his parents’ home in Edmond as he, his sister and his two young daughters were returning from getting ice cream.
Following a recommendation from the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, Stitt on Thursday granted clemency to Jones, reducing the inmate’s sentence to life in prison
“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,” Stitt said in a statement.
As a condition of granting clemency, Stitt ordered that Jones shall never be eligible to apply for or be considered for a commutation, pardon, or parole for the rest of his life.