A Kansas man who blamed wrongful conviction on doppelganger, will be a $1.1 million settlement after spending 17 years in prison.
42-year-old Richard Anthony Jones, the Kansas man who was wrongfully convicted of a robbery he claimed was committed by someone who looks just like him, was handed the settlement on Monday by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt who disclosed that Jones is the first person to agree to a settlement payout, under a new state law that provides compensation to people who are wrongly imprisoned.
On the $1.1 million settlement handed the Kansas man who blamed wrongful conviction on doppelganger, Schmidt said;
“We are committed to faithfully administering the new mistaken-conviction statute the legislature enacted,” Schmidt said in a news release. “In this case, it was possible on the existing record to resolve all issues quickly, satisfy all of the statute’s requirements, and agree to this outcome so Mr. Jones can receive the benefits to which he is entitled by law because he was mistakenly convicted.”
Jones who was sent to prison for an attack and robbery in the parking lot of a Walmart in Roeland Park, Kansas, was freed after supporters found evidence that another man who looked just like him lived near the Walmart. It was also gathered that two other mistaken conviction lawsuits are pending in Kansas.