Innocent Man Spent 17 Years In Prison For A Crime Committed By His Lookalike
October 25, 2018
As reported by the Innocent Project, mistaken eyewitness identifications contributed to around 70% of the more than 350 wrong convictions in the United States, overturned by post-conviction DNA evidence. It is the leading factor in wrongful convictions.
In fact, people can end up being in prison for a crime that was committed by another person, who looks similar. That’s exactly what happened to Richard Jones back in 1999. He spent 17 years in prison but was released after the real criminal was found.
Richard Jones, in back, is surrounded by family at his mother's home in south Kansas City. Jones spent 17 years in prison but was exonerated pic.twitter.com/QXAKg82rUS— Toriano Porter (@torianoporter) June 11, 2017