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Monday, 12 June 2017

Dad who spent 17 years in prison is finally released after police find his lookalike

A man who spent 17 years in prison for a crime he did not commit has been released after police found his lookalike. Richard Anthony Jones from Kansas City, Kansas, was freed on Thursday after a judge declared there was no longer sufficient evidence to convict him.
Richard was jailed in 1999 for armed robbery based on an eyewitness account. During a new hearing into his case, witnesses who testified against him said they couldn't tell Richard from  his look alike, Ricky.
The resemblance between Richard and Ricky is so uncanny and they happen to share the same first name. The judge ordered Jones's release because there was no physical, DNA or fingerprint evidence that tied him to the crime.

Jones appealed his case several times while he served his 19-year jail sentence to no avail. Two years ago, he heard about a man in prison who looked just like him and even shared his first name so he saw this as a possible way to exonerate himself.  He quickly contacted the Midwest Innocent Project - a non-profit organization that provides legal services to the wrongly-convicted - to help argue his case.
It also happens that Jones lived on the other side of Kansas while his lookalike lived in the same area the incident occurred.
"We were floored by how much they looked alike," said an attorney working on Jones' case.
During the new trial, Jones repeated that he was with his girlfriend and her family at the time the victim reported she was robbed in a park. His lookalike also took the stand and denied committing the crime.

When Richard and Ricky were placed side by side, the robbery victims who confirmed to the judge that Richard was the criminal, said they were no longer sure who committed the crime.
Jones has now been reunited with his family and says he's happy to be back with his children.
He said:
"When it comes to my kids, it's been a rough ride, but they are now at an age where they can understand."


obiora said...

I hope he'll be duly compensated!

Chuks Obi, PhD said...

Boy, that is 4ked up! I assume that is his grand daughter because she doesn't look 17.

Puddy Alpheaus said...

The level of sincerity among Americans is so high and unbelievable. Imagine this case here to have been in Nigeria, the victim would have continued to insist it was Richard Jones. It would have been impossible for the victim to humbly admit to not being sure anymore

Jonas said...

was he put in jail because of the testimony of one person? if that is the case then he needs to sue the city that put him in prison for damages. 19 years of his life wasted.

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Anonymous said...

Why is America so careless wn handling a crime case dat involves a black man. I'm sure if u giv dm the opportunity they'll jail all d black men in d world

koss said...

Wow! No wonder my Yoruba people always say, no matter how far lie travels, even if its for 20years, the truth will always catch up with it. I am happy for the innocent man that was wrongly accused.

Anonymous said...

What an uncanny resemblance! It is just more than mere doppelganger!

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Anonymous said...

They could be twins

Anonymous said...

He need to sue them period.....

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Vivian Reginalds said...

OH NO!!!
He should be compensated handsomely!!!
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Anonymous said...

I thank the Almighty that the truth came out at last. 19 years wasted. We believe everything happens for a reason, but if I were in his shoes, I'd be very bitter and angry. That's why we should drop jungle justice. Think of that officer in Ghana wrongly killed. Anybody who dislikes you could shout 'ole' and that's your end. If people properly tried and convicted in a court of law are sometimes found to be innocent, how much more those killed on the spur of the moment by jungle justice. What is terrible is that people could be killed in the market for stealing hundred naira, while those who steal hundred million naira of public money are honoured.

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