Hope is on the horizon for Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones.
After a 3-1 vote for recommendation of commutation by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, there is a chance that Jones’ death sentence could be reduced to life with the possibility of parole. Jones’ fate now lays in the hands of Oklahoma governor Kevin Sitt, who reserves the right to either accept or decline their suggestion of commutation.
Julius Jones came to media spotlight after Kim Kardashian, who began pursuing a career in law and advocacy over the past few years, learned of his case from Viola Davis’ The Last Defense documentary in which Jones was featured. Since then, Kim has repeatedly met with Jones in prison and even spent time with his family at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Oklahoma city.
Kim took to social media Monday afternoon to celebrate the news, stating:
“Thank you Adam Luck, Kelly Doyle and Larry Morris for your courage and integrity today. Their votes to recommend commutation of his death sentence to life with the possibility of parole mark the first moment of #JusticeforJuliusJones”
Governor Sitt’s office released a statement saying “The governor takes his role in this process seriously and will carefully consider the Pardon and Parole Board’s recommendation as he does in all cases.” And also stated that they will not have any further comments until the governor has made a decision.