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A prisoner on death row indulged in a 'last meal' of favourites from McDonald's and KFC hours before he was due to die, before having his life spared at the very last minute.
Julius Jones, 41, was supposed to be executed by lethal injection at a prison in Oklahoma on Thursday after several appeals to spare him the death penalty were rejected.
But in the nick of time, Jones' sentence was commuted to life without the possibility of parole by governor Kevin Stitt, LadBible reports.
Jones went to prison in 1999 for the murder of insurer Paul Howell, after he was robbed and killed by a masked gunman whilst taking his sister and young daughters out for ice cream.
Since being sentenced for the crime, Jones has now spent over half of his life on death row.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Jones had enjoyed food ordered in from KFC, McDonald's, and Pizza Hut.
They say he ate two KFC sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, and mayo, as well as a large portion of fries from McDonald's and one medium meat lovers pizza from Pizza Hut.
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Since being imprisoned 22 years ago, Jones has maintained his innocence, drawing his supporters to suggest that the death penalty should not be applied.
However, Howell's family are still adamant that it was Jones who pulled the trigger that day.
In response to Jones being spared death, his lawyer, Amanda Bass, said that the state had avoided an 'irreparable mistake'.
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She said: "Governor Stitt took an important step today towards restoring public faith in the criminal justice system by ensuring that Oklahoma does not execute an innocent man.
"While we had hoped the Governor would adopt the Board's recommendation in full by commuting Julius's sentence to life with the possibility of parole in light of the overwhelming evidence of Julius's innocence, we are grateful that the Governor has prevented an irreparable mistake."
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Jones' case has attracted much attention in recent times, even drawing noted anti-death penalty advocate Kim Kardashian in.
Kim said that she spent 'most of [her] day' on the phone to Jones yesterday, adding: "He also wanted me to pass a few messages along that were really important to him.
"The most important is that you have to always make sure you are doing the right thing.
"Julius was hanging out with the wrong crowd and that landed him in the position he's in today."
- Kim Kardashian
- Prison News
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