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Jun 11 - Kansas City prisoner 'blessed' to be free after 17 yrs his lookalike is found


 


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 2 years ago '11        #1
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Jun 11 - Kansas City prisoner 'blessed' to be free after 17 yrs his lookalike is found
 

 
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A US prisoner who spent 17 years in jail for a robbery he did not commit has spoken of his relief that researchers found his lookalike.
Richard Anthony Jones from Kansas was released from jail after witnesses said they could not tell the two men apart.
A judge ruled there was no evidence to keep him in jail.
Mr Jones said finding a photo of the other man - who as well as looking like him, shares the same first name - was a "needle in a haystack moment".
'I don't believe in luck, I believe I was blessed,' Mr Jones told the Kansas City Star.
So far no criminal case has been filed against his double - known only as Ricky - who gave evidence at Mr Jones's robbery retrial and denied committing the crime.
While not saying Ricky was responsible, the judge found that based on the new evidence, no reasonable juror would have convicted Mr Jones.

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Mr Jones said that he began to despair that he would ever be released from jail after repeated efforts to appeal against his 19-year conviction for a 1999 robbery.
"All my appeals had been denied. It has been a rough ride," he said.
But in 2015 he told researchers from the Midwest Innocence Project - a group that aids wrongly convicted prisoners - about a man called Ricky he had heard about. Mr Jones had been told by fellow inmates that he looked identical to Ricky.
"When I saw the picture of my double it all made sense to me," he said.
Mr Jones had been convicted based mostly on eyewitness evidence.

There was no physical, DNA or fingerprint evidence that linked him to the crime.

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The researchers found that not only did the other man bear an uncanny resemblance to Mr Jones, he lived near the scene of the crime in Kansas City, Kansas, whereas Mr Jones lived across the state line in Kansas City, Missouri.
Lawyers for Mr Jones also said he was with his girlfriend and her family at the time members of the public were robbed in a park.
They argued that police identity procedures 17 years ago were deeply flawed.
A lawyer working on his case said the team were "floored by how much" Mr Jones and his double looked alike.
Mr Jones told the Kansas City Star that he was now adjusting to life outside of jail and was happy to be back with his children.

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69 comments for "Jun 11 - Kansas City prisoner 'blessed' to be free after 17 yrs his lookalike is found"

 2 years ago '04        #2
erickonasis 22 heat pts22
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Saw this sh*t earlier just crazy! For once I gotta admit he looks just like the guy that did it. Still DNA should have got him off somewhat

 2 years ago '06        #3
The Scenario 43 heat pts43
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17 years in Hell for something you ain't did?... I'm glad he out.

 2 years ago '15        #4
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Them n*ggas still getting sued...they gonna have to cut him a check worth 17 years..

 2 years ago '12        #5
acefresh 21 heat pts21
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 EssREss1 said
Them n*ggas still getting sued...they gonna have to cut him a check worth 17 years..
watch em be like here's 50k...

 2 years ago '16        #6
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 EssREss1 said
Them n*ggas still getting sued...they gonna have to cut him a check worth 17 years..
There should be a scale for this.

He should get his previous salary X 17 years. Or at least 40 hours minimum wage X 17. This took away his ability to provide for his family and for his retirement.

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dc3003 114 heat pts114
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Saw this on reddit. What a fu*ked up world man. Other then that dont really have any other words to describe

 2 years ago '05        #8
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Damn, glad to see dude in high spirits. sh*t like that could break a man knowing he aint do the crime, but doing the time.

 2 years ago '06        #9
Full Clip 78 heat pts78
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They had 17 years to check his DNA? Fingerprints? License? Blood tests? Hosital records? Social Security Card? The fu*k.

 2 years ago '12        #10
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 acefresh said
watch em be like here's 50k...
I was thinkIng <17k maybe 1k a year. Lol


He really got screwed that guy look just like him

 2 years ago '11        #11
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 EssREss1 said
Them n*ggas still getting sued...they gonna have to cut him a check worth 17 years..
 acefresh said
watch em be like here's 50k...
 Strong Side Iso said
There should be a scale for this.

He should get his previous salary X 17 years. Or at least 40 hours minimum wage X 17. This took away his ability to provide for his family and for his retirement.
 Phuck Yiu said
I was thinkIng <17k maybe 1k a year. Lol


He really got screwed that guy look just like him
the average kansas city income is $45,376 X 17 = 771,392.00 anything less than that and he got cheated

 2 years ago '08        #12
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Worst than any horror movie ive ever seen...he needs payment in the millions he did time plus pain and suffering he deserves allat

 2 years ago '16        #13
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 DJHoove said
Worst than any horror movie ive ever seen...he needs payment in the millions he did time plus pain and suffering he deserves allat
Preach

 2 years ago '15        #14
itsddashrock 6 heat pts
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The worst part of all this, is the fact he lost 17 years of his life.. he can't get that back..

I guess all he can do is make the most of the time he has left.

 2 years ago '12        #15
Even Kill 13 heat pts13
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n*gga 17 years?!?!?!!!?! Y'all talking about average wages in his state x 17 yrs? F*ck that. 17 years, they took that man's life away. Imagine if he had a 1 year old when he went in. Relationships with fam and friends gone. His freedom to do what he wants. Man I'm suing for nothing less than 300 mil.

 2 years ago '11        #16
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 Strong Side Iso said
There should be a scale for this.

He should get his previous salary X 17 years. Or at least 40 hours minimum wage X 17. This took away his ability to provide for his family and for his retirement.
Dont quote me but i think how much u could have potentially made is factored in, heard a newscaster say that b4.

Hell of a variable

Some people are so happy to get out they dont follow thru with the legal sh*t. Some just dont get sh*t. Guess it depends.

If that happened to me believe im lawyering up n goin in

 2 years ago '04        #17
zone3cp 4 heat pts
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cut the braids my n*gga

 2 years ago '04        #18
Duntaz 70 heat pts70
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 Full Clip said
They had 17 years to check his DNA? Fingerprints? License? Blood tests? Hosital records? Social Security Card? The fu*k.
Man they threw that n*gga away and got free labor they ain't give a fu*k. Allnthey want to do is close the case not actually solve it

 2 years ago '09        #19
TriniSoldier 71 heat pts71
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Kansas don't got any money he aint gonna get the bag he deserves

 2 years ago '15        #20
2Cold 609 heat pts609
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 2 years ago '15        #21
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 erickonasis said
Saw this sh*t earlier just crazy! For once I gotta admit he looks just like the guy that did it. Still DNA should have got him off somewhat
 Full Clip said
They had 17 years to check his DNA? Fingerprints? License? Blood tests? Hosital records? Social Security Card? The fu*k.
How the fu*k was DNA or a social security number gonna get him out? The only evidence was witnesses who pointed him out

 2 years ago '09        #22
That Guy Fly 21 heat pts21
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Pay that man

 2 years ago '14        #23
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 Silencer said

Some people are so happy to get out they dont follow thru with the legal sh*t.
this literally never happens

anyone convicted of a crime they didn't commit and do time for it and get released sues like their supposed to do

 2 years ago '14        #24
consigliereA 102 heat pts102
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WOW..

Just wow..

 2 years ago '06        #25
realgunta 882 heat pts882
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damn, i honestly dont have a comment


this is just a very sad situation mane, dont even know what to say.

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