KU Innocence Project helps free man from prison after wrongful robbery conviction
"A University of Kansas law school effort helped free a wrongfully convicted man from prison this week.
Richard Jones was released from prison on Thursday, after his robbery conviction was overturned in Johnson County District Court the previous day, according to a news release from the Midwest Innocence Project and the KU School of Law’s Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence. Jones had served 17 years of a 19-year sentence for an aggravated robbery conviction stemming from a 1999 purse-snatching at a Walmart parking lot.
'Richard Jones has declared his innocence for more than 16 years, with the support of a number of lawyers, investigators and law students, including the Midwest Innocence Project,' Alice Craig, attorney for Jones and professor at KU’s Project for Innocence, said in the release. 'We are thankful that a court finally joined him in that declaration.'”