Dad Freed After 17 Years When Lookalike Found In Another Prison

 

A father who spent 17 years behind bars for a 1999 robbery he didn't commit was freed on Thursday after his lawyers convinced a Kansas judge that eyewitnesses had confused him with another local man who looked just like him. 

Richard Anthony Jones also shares a first name with his doppelganger, who lived near the site of the robbery. Jones enlisted the Midwest Innocence Project to work on his case after hearing from his fellow inmates that another man in the prison system who went by "Ricky" looked just like him. 

"We were floored by how much they looked alike," says Jones' attorney Alice Craig. "Everybody has a doppelganger. Luckily we found his."

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