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Sunday, 2 September 2018

Man, who spent 17 years for a lookalike crime, demands $1million compensation

An ex convict, who was jailed in 1999 for robbery is seeking nearly $1millikn in compensation after police found his criminal lookalike.


According to the Metro UK, Richard Jones, from Kansas, was released last year after a judge called into question his original conviction, after he has already spent 17 years behind bars, because an eyewitness said he was the robber.


Interestingly, other inmates repeatedly told him he looked like a criminal named Ricky Amos while he was in jail.


Jones lives on the other side of Kansas while his lookalike lived near where the robbery took place. It later turned out there was no DNA or fingerprint evidence linking Jones to the crime.


He has now filed a petition seeking $1million in compensation from the state of Kansas.


His lawyer, Richard Ainsworth, is hoping that he will get a certificate of innocence and be compensated so he could finally move on with his life.


Jones said he missed seeing his 24-year-old and 19-year-old daughters grow up.