Before he left office earlier this month, Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted the death row sentences of more than 160 inmates to life in prison. One of those was Lansing man William Jones.
Forty-seven-year-old William Jones sat on death row for 22 years until Ryan cleared the state's death row. Jones was convicted of murdering an elderly woman in Dix, Illinois and will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
His family stands firmly behind his belief that Jones is innocent. They say DNA tests came up inconclusive and there was no physical evidence to link him to the crime.
The family spoke to Jones last week and says he's thankful for a second chance on life and the possibility to prove his innocence.