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Julius Jones' mother gives thanks after governor commutes son's death sentence

Julius Jones' mother gave thanks to Gov. Kevin Stitt and God that her son's life was spared after he spent more than 20 years on Oklahoma death row.

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Julius Jones' mother gave thanks to Gov. Kevin Stitt and God that her son's life was spared after he spent more than 20 years on Oklahoma death row.

Jones' best friend and teammate said everything came through with seconds left.

"Good feeling. Good feeling," said Jones' mother, Madeline Davis-Jones.

They danced, hugged and praised because their son and friend will continue to live.

"Five seconds left on the clock, right? Here you go, God. Take the ball, shoot it deep and knock it down. Knock it down," said Jones' best friend, Jimmy Lawson. "This is a paradigm-changing moment for Oklahoma. Think about it. A man on death row, up to the hour of getting executed, and it flips, and it turns."

Davis-Jones got the news she desperately prayed for.

"Today, I feel like I'm on top of the world. I feel like dancing, shouting. You name it. I feel it. My cup is full," Davis-Jones said.

Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted Jones' death sentence to life without the possibility of parole just hours before his scheduled execution.

Davis-Jones dreams of the next conversation with her son.

"The last thing he told me was, 'Momma, I love you.' And I said, 'You don't have to tell me that.' He wanted me to know that he loved me. And I was expecting on getting a hug, and I walked away with that hug, and I was disappointed," she said.

Jones has maintained his innocence with 22 years of family support.

"Truth is going to always win – some way, somehow. And I just thank God. Thank you, Jesus," Davis-Jones said.