FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Rep. Jim Olsen
Phone: (405) 557-7315
Rep. Jim Olsen, R-Roland, today released the following statement regarding yesterday's commutation of Julius Jones' sentence to life in prison without the possibility for parole:
"It is with great sadness and grief that I reflect on the events of yesterday. Justice was not carried out. There was overwhelming evidence of the guilt of Julius Jones in the horrific murder of Paul Howell. The proper response would have been the carrying out of the death penalty.
The Howell family deserved proper justice and they didn't get it. My heart grieves for them.
This is probably the end of the death penalty in the state of Oklahoma. Many people may rejoice at this. I do not. The law abiding people of the state of Oklahoma will eventually pay the price for this.
The death penalty serves the interests of justice, order and peace in our society."