A man jailed for armed robbery in 1999 is seeking nearly $1million in compensation after police found the real criminal who only has close resemblance with the innocent man.
Metro UK reports that Richard Jones, from Kansas City, was released last year after a judge called into question his original conviction. He had spent 17 years in prison because an eyewitness said he was the robber.
Interestingly, other inmates repeatedly told him he looked like a criminal named Ricky Amos while he was in jail. Jones lives on the other side of Kansas while his lookalike lived near where the robbery took place. It later turned out there was no DNA or fingerprint evidence linking Jones to the crime.
He has now filed a petition seeking $1million in compensation from the state of Kansas. His lawyer, Richard Ainsworth, is hoping that he will get a certificate of innocence and be compensated so he could finally move on with his life. Jones said he missed seeing his 24-year-old and 19-year-old daughters grow up.
‘It took a big chunk of my life that I can never get back. I am just trying to get stable in my everyday life. I am still transitioning.’
‘At that time, I was pretty much trying to be responsible as a father. ‘I was not perfect, but I was a big part of their lives, and when I got incarcerated, it was hard for me because I was used to being around for my kids.’
‘It was a hard pill to swallow.’
The petition reads:-
‘This compensation is relatively small given the unfathomable hardship of 17 years of wrongful imprisonment.’
Mr Jones’ lawyer, Richard Ainsworth, said they were hoping to get a certificate of innocence and for compensation so he could finally move on with his life.
The 42-year-old had previously tried to appeal his case several times but was unsuccessful.
But after hearing about a man who looked just like him, and even had the same first name, he contacted the Midwest Innocent Project, which provides legal services to people who have been wrongly-convicted.
Another lawyer working on Mr Jones’ case said:-
‘We were floored by how much they looked alike. Everybody has a doppelgänger, luckily we found his.’