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Man Spends 17 Years Behind Bars - Then Police Find His Look-Alike

While there’s plenty of inmates that contend they are innocent of the crimes they have been charged with, sometimes that’s actually a true story. As such, innocent people spend time behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit, and there’s little hope of them being set free absent some kind of miracle. As the New York Post shares, one inmate from Kansas City has finally had a miracle come his way, albeit 17 years later.

Richard Anthony Jones was serving out his time for a 1999 robbery conviction. However, he wasn’t really guilty. He recently heard some scuttlebutt around the prison that another inmate looked remarkably like him. What’s more, the inmate shared the same first name. That seemed like an incredibly bizarre coincidence, but it turns out there was a lot more to see here.

Jones spoke to two legal interns assigned to his case about the rumors, and they would set the wheels in motion to further dig into this coincidence. Superiors at the Midwest Innocence Project and the Paul E. Wilson Defender Project would look into it further, and it turns out that his look-alike also resided not too far away from where the robbery was committed.

“This has been one of the most bizarre scenarios that I’ve seen in my 27 years of prosecuting cases,” stated Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe.

The inmate’s doppelganger, Ricky Amos, used to live in Kansas City, Kansas, while Jones resided in Kansas City, Missouri. The case revolves around a mugging that occurred in a Walmart parking lot, and Jones has lost a number of appeals through the years. Nonetheless, the coincidence was pursued with abandon. The victim, witnesses and prosecutors could not tell the difference between the two men when the photos were presented side-by-side.

The case would make its way back to court, and the judge determined that there was no basis to hold Jones for a crime he may not have committed. There was never any DNA or physical evidence provided, and his conviction revolved around his being identified as the perpetrator. Sounds like Jones is remarkably taking things in stride.

“When I saw that picture, it made sense to me,” Jones said. “Either you’re going to think [we’re] the same person, or you’re going to be like, ‘Man, these guys, they look so much alike.’”

His lawyers are equally stunned by the development.

“Everybody has a doppelganger,” noted one of Jones’s lawyers, Alice Craig. “Luckily, we found his.”

For what it’s worth, Amos has denied any involvement in the robbery that Jones was serving time for. Sounds like this case was pretty flimsy to begin with, and it seems fairly remarkable that none of the appeals were able to make any headway due to a startling lack of evidence that surrounded the case in the first place. That being said, Jones has finally been vindicated. However, he won’t be getting those 17 years back anytime soon, but at least he can now consider himself a free man.

Source: New York Post
Photo: GoFundMe

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