Man freed after 17 years in prison for robbery
"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 always maintained he didn’t commit the robbery and two years ago asked 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’s freedom. After the victim and witnesses withdrew their identification of Jones, Judge Kevin Moriarty ordered Jones’s release. Jones was released Thursday."