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‘Everybody has a doppelganger’: KC man freed after 17 years in prison for robbery

Source: 
Topeka Capital-Journal
Author: 
Associated Press
Date: 
Friday, June 9, 2017

"A Missouri man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a 1999 robbery was freed after supporters found another man who looked enough like him that the victim and other witnesses said they could no longer be sure who committed the crime.

Richard Anthony Jones, of Kansas City, Mo., always maintained he didn’t commit the robbery and two years ago asked two organizations that advocate for inmates for help proving his innocence.

Lawyers for the Midwest Innocence Project and the Paul E. Wilson Defender Project at the University of Kansas took up his cause. At a hearing Wednesday in Johnson County District Court, they presented the other man and argued for Jones’ freedom. After the victim and witnesses withdrew their identification of Jones, Johnson County District Judge Kevin Moriarty ordered Jones’ release, The Kansas City Star reported. Jones was released Thursday.

'We were floored by how much they looked alike,' said Jones’ attorney, Alice Craig.

While not saying the other man committed the crime, Moriarty found that based on the new evidence, no reasonable juror would have convicted Jones."

Faculty name: 
Alice Craig