FILE – This photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Julius Jones Feb. 5, 2018, file. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has agreed to commute the death sentence of condemned inmate Julius Jones, who was convicted of murder for a 1999 killing. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP, File)

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UPDATED 5:22 PM PT – Thursday, November 18, 2021

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) spares the life of death row inmate Julius Jones by granting him clemency.

Stitt commuted the 41-year-old’s death on Thursday, just hours before his scheduled execution. The governor released a statement saying Jones will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Jones was arrested and charged for murder in 1999, but has proclaimed his innocence for more than 20 years. His case became widely known after a documentary was released back in 2018. However, it garnered even more attention when Oklahoma recently ended a six-year moratorium on executions.

“Julius was a kid my age and he is innocent without reasonable doubt,” pleaded Jaylyn Gardner, a Julius Jones supporter. “He’s innocent.”

Kim Kardashian West and Russell Westbrook were among several high-profile celebrities who urged Stitt to grant Jones clemency. Meanwhile, though his lawyer and team were hoping for a chance of parole, they’re grateful Jones gets to live.

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