Man detained for 17 years now liberated after lookalike mix-up: ‘I done it through’

A male who spent 17 years behind bars for a crime he has always pronounced he didn’t dedicate is now giveaway after a box of mistaken identity.


The self-assurance of Richard Jones, 41, has been overturned after a Midwest Innocence Project and a University of Kansas School of Law helped expose what is now believed to be a prejudicial self-assurance due to watcher misidentification.

“I wish and prayed each day for this day to come, and when it finally got here it was an strenuous feeling,” Jones pronounced in an talk with ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”

Jones was charged with aggravated spoliation in Kansas City, Kansas, scarcely 20 years ago after being indicted of perplexing to take a purse in a parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Roeland Park, Kansas. Jones had an pretext and no earthy evidence, DNA or fingerprints ever related him to a crime — usually dual watcher identifications.

At a time, a witnesses told military that a think was possibly a light-skinned Hispanic or African-American man. Jones’ print was picked out of 6 mop shots by Tamara Scherer, a plant of a robbery, and Ronald Cohen, a confidence ensure during a Walmart during a time of a robbery, according to a chit supposing to ABC News by Alice Craig, Jones’ profession and highbrow during University of Kansas’ Project for Innocence.

Those watcher testimonies eventually landed him behind bars during a Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas.

The Kansas City Police and a Kansas Department of Corrections have not nonetheless responded to ABC News’ ask for comment.

According to Jones’ form on a Kansas Criminal Justice Information System, he was expelled as of Jun 8 in Johnson County.

Jones, who adamantly confirmed his ignorance given his detain 17 years ago, had attempted unsuccessfully for 15 years to interest his conviction, until he teamed adult with a Midwest Innocence Project and a Project for Innocence during a University of Kansas School of Law. Jones pronounced he told his attorneys that he had listened there was another male in bonds who looked only like him.

Interns for a plan found photos of another invalid in a Kansas state complement named Ricky Amos, 39. The dual group were tighten in age, had identical skin tone, a same facial hair and cornrows.

“Once we had seen his design beside cave and we seen a similarity me and him had, we only knew,” Jones said. “It was distinct since other people would contend a same thing.”

Last week, a decider systematic Jones’ recover after witnesses, including a spoliation victim, certified they couldn’t tell a Jones and Amos apart.

At his vindication hearing, Jones saw his doppelganger for a initial time. Amos has denied any impasse in a crime.

“It was hard,” Jones said. “I won’t contend it was easy since it wasn’t, though we done it through.”

John Cowles, a strange prosecutor on a box who is now a rapist invulnerability attorney, pronounced that Jones’ self-assurance was formed “solely on watcher identification.”

Jones’ pretext placed him during his partner Tia Kidd’s residence in Kansas City, Missouri, on a day of a crime. Tia Kidd and her sister, Lisa Kidd, testified on Jones’ interest though he was eventually convicted and condemned to 19 years. Jones’ judgment enclosed time for 4 before separate offenses on his record.

Cowles sealed an confirmation after he pronounced he was presented by The Innocence Project with a new justification of a box where it concerned Amos and a misidentification of Jones.

“I satisfied that we had really unfortunately convicted a wrong man,” Cowles told ABC News. “We spoke during a conference and he was elegant and we wished him luck.”

Amos was not jailed during a time a strange crime took place, according to a Kansas Criminal Justice Information System. Because of a government of limitations, Amos will not be charged for a 1999 spoliation that Jones served time for, Cowles said.

Alice Craig, Jones’ attorney, pronounced Kansas does not have a remuneration government — definition there is no law permitting remuneration for people of prejudicial imprisonment. There is no word if Jones will record a lawsuit opposite a state, she added.

Jones pronounced he is enjoying his family, gripping his faith in God and wants to work with The Innocence Project to give leisure to others who are wrongfully convicted.


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