Exonerated Kansas man petitions state in doppelganger case

August 30, 2018 - 10:10 pm

A man is petitioning the state of Kansas for compensation after serving 17 years for a robbery conviction that was dismissed after his attorneys found another man who looked just like him and who lived near the scene of the crime.

Richard Jones, 42, filed a petition Wednesday in Johnson County District Court.

Jones was convicted of robbing a woman outside a Roeland Park Walmart in 1999. Prosecutors based their case on witness identifications.

Jones learned while in prison that he had a doppelganger, whom his attorneys eventually identified. The conviction was thrown out when witnesses said they could no longer identify Jones as the robber after looking at pictures of both men.

Jones is asking for $65,000 for each year he was in prison.

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