An innocent man served 17 years. His ‘crime’? He looked almost exactly like the real suspect.
"Investigators discovered that the crime Jones was convicted of was very likely committed by another man — his doppelganger with a somewhat-similar first name.
The resemblance was uncanny. Their braided hairstyles, goatees, dark eyes, thick eye brows and complexion all look strikingly similar.
'We were just like, holy crap,' said Alice Craig, Jones’s attorney.
Craig, an attorney for the University of Kansas School of Law Project for Innocence, took over Jones’s case in 2015 — 15 years into his prison sentence and after Jones had lost in all of his appeals. He told her about his doppelganger. Slowly, things began to unravel.
Jones, now 41, was freed Thursday, just two years short of finishing his prison sentence. He spent 17 years behind bars, missing his children’s childhoods and the births of his grandchildren."