Spot the difference. Oh wait, you can’t. At least that’s what Kansas City Police believed for 17 years.
Up above is a photo of Richard Anthony Jones (on the right), a father, who was arrested and jailed in 1999 for an armed robbery he didn’t do, reports Kansas City Star.
Eyewitnesses said that Jones was the robber and judges found him guilty, despite the fact there was no DNA, physical or fingerprint evidence – sending him down until now.
Throughout his time inside Jones appealed several times – all with no success except for the last one when Jones heard about a man, already in prison, called Ricky, who looked exactly the same as him and had the same first name.
Jones appealed immediately and a witness of the robbery realised they could not tell the difference between Jones and Ricky.
Shockingly, while Jones lived on the opposite side of Kansas City, Ricky lived exactly where the robbery took place.
When he was released, he told the Kansas City Star:
I don’t believe in luck, I believe I was blessed. When it comes to my kids, it’s been a rough ride, but they are now at an age where they can understand.
It takes some man to spend 17 years inside and to come out calling themselves blessed.
A GoFundMe page has now been set up by Jones to help him adjust to normal civilian life.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.