Man Imprisoned For 17 Years Due To 'Mistaken Identity'

After spending 17 years in prison for a crime he claimed he wasn't guilty of committing, 41-year-old Richard Jones has been released.

It turned out his imprisonment was due to a case of mistaken identity.

Interns working on the Midwestern Innocence Project case discovered photos of another prisoner in the Kansas state system, 39-year-old Ricky Amos. The two share the same first name, are about the same age and have similar skin color, cornrows and facial hair.

Jones said, "Once I had seen his picture beside mine and I seen the resemblance me and him had, I just knew. It was understandable why other people would say the same thing."

 A judge ordered Jones released last week, after witnesses, including the victim of the robbery, said they couldn't tell the difference between Jones and Amos.

 
 

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