After losing his brother, Dak Prescott sought to help Julius Jones’ push for clemency

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Baker Mayfield and Dak Prescott are among numerous sports figures who sought to save condemned inmate Julius Jones from execution. On Thursday, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted Jones’ death sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Prescott wrote letters to Stitt and the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board during the summer of 2020.

“I’m thankful for the governor to grant his clemency first and foremost,’’ Prescott said, via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. “A lot of prayers have been said. I know there’s a lot of people that are supporting Julius and supporting the governor’s decision in which he made and we’re all very, very thankful for him not taking an innocent man’s life.’’

Prescott learned of Jones’ case, which was featured in “The Last Defense,” a three-episode documentary that aired on ABC in 2018, two weeks after his brother’s suicide. Jace died in April of last year, and Dak since has openly discussed the anxiety and depression that followed.

“I felt like I didn’t help my brother or I couldn’t help my brother,’’ Prescott said. “I wanted to help somebody else save their life.’’

Jones, 41, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die for the 1999 shooting death of Edmond, Oklahoma, businessman Paul Howell during a carjacking. Many believe Jones, who has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, was falsely convicted.

“For me, it’s about continuing to do whatever I can to help,’’ Prescott said.

5 responses to “After losing his brother, Dak Prescott sought to help Julius Jones’ push for clemency

  1. “I know there’s a lot of people that are supporting Julius and supporting the governor’s decision.”

    If he’s innocent, then they should be saying he should be released from prison. If they think he did it but want clemency doesn’t make sense.

  2. “jg2040 says:
    November 18, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    If he’s innocent, then they should be saying he should be released from prison. If they think he did it but want clemency doesn’t make sense.”

    Well the thinking is that since he was going to be executed, and the governor was very unlikely to pardon him, better to get clemency and keep the legal battle going. I have no idea if he’s innocent or not but if he is, it’s better to be alive in jail than dead and not guilty….

  3. hanktadd says:
    November 19, 2021 at 8:01 am

    but if he is, it’s better to be alive in jail than dead and not guilty….

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    It is???

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