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Man who served 17 years for crime he did not commit is freed after finding his lookalike in prison

By Mason White 5:54 PM June 21, 2017
Richard Jones (left)  and Ricky Amos
Richard Jones (left) and Ricky Amos
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A man who spent 17 years in prison, was finally freed after he tracked down his doppelganger.

In 1999, Richard Jones was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery for stealing a cell phone while trying to snatch a purse from a woman in Kansas.

Jones, who is now 41-years-old, maintained his innocence. He had an alibi to prove that he was not in the area at the time of the crime. In fact, Jones was at a party in Missouri, at the time of the crime.

There was no evidence such as DNA or fingerprints against him other than an eyewitness.

The witness identified Jones from a police lineup. The witness also told police that the suspect had a tattoo on his left arm, but Jones did not have one.

However, despite the discrepancies, Jones was found guilty and was sentenced to 19 years in prison. Jones had unsuccessfully appealed his case several times.

Jones reached out to the Midwest Innocence Project for help. Jones said that for some time now, he has been mistaken for another inmate named Ricky Amos.

The Midwest Innocence Project showed Jones the mugshot of Amos, and he was shocked to discover that the two looked very much alike.

Jones now understands why the witness mistook him for the robber.

A petition was filed with the court to reexamine the evidence in the case. Amos denied that he was involved in that crime and he cannot be prosecuted because of statute of limitations.

When the judge questioned the victim, she said that if she had seen both men at the time, she would not have felt comfortable choosing between the two men and possibly sending the wrong man to prison.

After giving her statement, the judge freed Jones.