KU Law School helps exonerate man wrongly convicted for doppelgänger's crime

Richard Jones says the only word he can find to describe the feeling he had when he was released from prison is “surreal.”

With the assistance of the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence at the University of Kansas School of Law, Jones was exonerated in June 2017 after serving almost 17 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Man who wrongfully spent 17 years in prison in ‘doppelgänger case’ seeks $1.1 million

Nearly two decades ago, Richard A. Jones was convicted of aggravated robbery after being picked out of a lineup by witnesses who said he stole a cellphone in a Walmart parking lot in Kansas.

But while Mr. Jones, who maintains he is innocent, was serving his 19-year sentence at Lansing Correctional Facility, inmates told him he looked like a prisoner named Ricky.

That resemblance would eventually lead to his freedom.

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