Crime

Man Awarded $1m After Spending 17 Years In Prison For Crime Committed By His Doppleganger

Many of us may have pondered the existence of a doppelgänger at some point, but after reading this story, you may wish you hadn't.

This was the outcome as the man was awarded $1 million in compensation after being unjustly imprisoned for 17 years for a crime that was committed by his doppelgänger.

Seriously.

In 2000, Richard Jones was wrongly convicted of aggravated robbery. The error was not discovered until later when the victim and witnesses were presented with a photo of his doppelgänger, Ricky Amos.

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The crime occurred in 1999 at a Walmart parking lot in Roeland Park, Kansas, where an individual attempted to steal a woman's purse.

Despite Jones having an alibi, being with his girlfriend in Kansas City, and the absence of evidence at the scene, he was found guilty.

The error occurred when eyewitnesses identified Jones as the perpetrator from a group of mugshots.

Jones repeatedly tried to appeal the sentence but was unsuccessful each time.

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The Midwest Innocence Project and the University of Kansas School of Law eventually took on the task of exonerating Jones.

In the process of clearing his name, they discovered that his doppelgänger was actually being held in the same prison as him.

This led a judge to show the victim and witnesses Jones' mugshot again, along with that of another inmate, Amos.

However, they were unable to distinguish between the two men.

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Additionally, there was no physical evidence, DNA, or fingerprints that ever connected him to the crime committed in 1999.

Although Amos denied committing the crime, he was convicted in Jones' place, and his doppelgänger was finally released to be reunited with his family.

Unfortunately, due to the statute of limitations expiring, Amos will not be charged for the crime.

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Jones stated that he believes he was "blessed" after finally being released in 2017.

"When it comes to my kids, it's been a rough ride, but they are now at an age where they can understand," he said.

Jones was also granted a certificate of innocence and received his compensation.

"I don't believe in luck, I believe I was blessed," Jones told the Kansas City Star.

A lawyer who worked on the case said: "We were floored by how much they looked alike."

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So, if by chance you have a doppelgänger of whom you are aware, it may be wise to keep them in mind in case you are falsely accused of a crime.