Worldwide

Mistaken identity: Man freed after 17 years in prison for Kan. robbery

Mistaken identity: Man freed after 17 years in prison for Kan. robbery”

The proceeds of this GoFundMe will go directly to Richard Jones. The lineups were done three months after the fact, KCUR in Kansas City reported. They eventually ran out of drugs, so they drove to a neighborhood where they knew people sold crack.

They wrestled, sprawled on the sidewalk out front of a Walmart in Missouri on that hot May evening. Walmart parking lot, then stole her cell phone and drove away. She grabbed her purse back and "gave him a kick that sent him flying". There, he hopped out and attacked a woman. Neither did the store security guard. Photos of the two men show each with braided hair and a pencil-thin goatee.

Ricky Amos (left) is the doppelganger of Richard Jones (right). The statute of limitation for aggravated robbery is five years, so even if he were guilty, he could not be charged.

Jones had fought his case for years but his appeals were unsuccessful. Jones said he was at home with his family the day it occurred.

Mr Jones, who had unsuccessfully tried to appeal his case numerous times, learned of the existence of his look-alike from fellow inmates.

While in prison, Mr Jones was repeatedly told by other inmates he looked just like another inmate. 'They say you can't see the picture clearly if you [are] in it, but if I was outside this picture I would have seen the same thing'.

The resemblance was uncanny.

"We were floored by how much they looked alike", Jones' lawyer Alice Craig said.

An inmate at a United States prison has been released after 17 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, after researchers tracked down his lookalike.

In 1999, prosecutors said that a man at a drug house in Kansas City, Kansas, was picked up in a vehicle and taken to a Wal-Mart to get money. The victim testified last week that she can no longer be certain Jones was the robber. Jones, on the other hand, had an alibi. And they both look identical.

"I remember having my doubts at trial", Miller said.

The victim agreed that she could not tell the two men apart and could now not be sure of her 17-year-old testimony.

"If I were forced to pick one, it would be the man on the left", he added, referring to Amos's photo.

Cowles signed an affidavit after he said he was presented by The Innocence Project with the new evidence of the case where it involved Amos and the misidentification of Jones. This was important because there was no physical evidence against Jones in the first place, the conviction was based on the testimony of eyewitnesses. It shows a picture of Jones, along with those of five other black men. He was African-American but light-skinned. He always maintained he didn't commit the robbery in Roeland Park and, after a hearing on Wednesday, a Johnson County judge ordered him released. Convict Richard Jones' just happened to earn him his freedom.

Jones said he doesn't believe in luck, but does believe that he has truly been "blessed". Amos has denied involvement in the robbery.

It was during his time behind bars that he heard of a prisoner who looked exactly like him.

The statute of limitations on the crime has passed, so if there was a case against Amos, he can not be prosecuted.

He was not available for comment on Howe's decision Monday. He was serving time for an armed robbery he said he didn't commit. "And he couldn't figure out why these people would pick him out of a lineup".



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


12 April 2018
New Jersey Looking Towards Sports Betting
New Jersey has demonstrated recently that financial returns from legalising gambling, in particular online gambling can be huge . As of April 2018 New Jersey have spent a massive $7.2M dollars in the fight to legalise sports betting within the state borders.

16 June 2017
Democrats win annual baseball game with special meaning
Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., that more guns in the hands of lawmakers and staff members would have saved the day. It's also a somewhat rare example of bipartisanship in an increasingly polarized Washington .

16 June 2017
Search for escaped inmates expanding as it enters 3rd day
Both men were being held at Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville, just one county over from where they escaped in Putnam County. The Bedford County Sheriff's Office told WSMV law enforcement stopped the auto on Interstate 24 near the Epps Mill Road exit.

16 June 2017
Majority of Americans think Trump tried to interfere in Russian Federation investigation
Reports that Trump was considering firing Mueller surfaced last week, again citing unnamed sources. A spokesman for Trump's attorney Marc Kasowitz fiercely denied the allegations.

16 June 2017
Defense police expert: Yanez was justified in shooting Castile
Defense attorneys argue that Castile was stoned at the time of the traffic stop and it influenced his response to the officer. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds , who was a passenger in the vehicle , has said he was reaching for his wallet or seat belt.

16 June 2017
Take-Two Pulls Plug on OpenIV; GTA Mod Tool Illegal
After discussing their options, the team behind the tool says they decided it was not worth their time to fight back. The backlash is a result of Take-Two banning OpenIV , the base of pretty much all of Grand Theft Auto V mods .

16 June 2017
Stock under Consideration: Staples Inc (SPLS)
A 2 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while0 believe that investors should either steer clear of Staples, Inc . The firm owned 695,100 shares of the specialty retailer's stock after buying an additional 4,100 shares during the period.

16 June 2017
Special Counsel Looking Into Possible Obstruction of Justice by Trump
Sessions argued that in the context of that hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it". Coats was at the White House attending a briefing when Trump asked him, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, to hold back.

16 June 2017
In Focus: Signing Sigurdsson and Klaassen would show Everton mean business
Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb claimed this week Everton have made a £19million bid for Klaassen - £3m short of Ajax's asking price.

16 June 2017
Play ball! GOP, Dems to battle as 1: Team Scalise
Jeff Duncan of SC said he had just left the practice and encountered the apparent gunman in the parking lot before the shooting . Scalise remains in critical condition , but has improved, MedStar Washington Hospital said in an update Thursday night.