Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted Jones’ sentence to life without the possibility of parole just four hours shy of his execution and said he will never be eligible for further commutation, pardon or parole. But Jones’ family vowed to keep fighting for his release.
It was the first time the board has held a commutation hearing for an inmate facing the death penalty. Now, as Jones faces execution in as little as two months, his fate lies with Gov. Kevin Stitt, who must ultimately decide whether to commute his sentence.