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.
#RichardJones is now a free man after serving 17 years of a 19 year sentence for purse snatching. He was released based on new evidence that showed he had a doppelgänger in the KC area at the time of the crime. Thanks to KU's Project for Innocence and the Midwest Innocence Project for taking on this innocent man's case. Life after incarceration is hard, but thankfully Richard has a great family and support system. Please donate to help Richard get on his way. (Link in bio)