ROELAND PARK, Kansas -- (WITI) -- He paid the price for 17 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Now Richard Anthony Jones wants Kansas to pay up. Jones, who was released from prison last year, filed a petition asking the state to pay him $1.1 million and to officially proclaim his innocence.
“After enduring 17 years of wrongful incarceration for a crime he did not commit, Mr. Jones brings this petition seeking a judicial pronouncement of his innocence and some measure of financial assistance as he seeks to rebuild his life,” reads the petition filed in the Tenth Judicial District Court of Kansas.
Jones was convicted in the 1999 aggravated robbery of a woman in a Walmart parking lot. Jones had a solid alibi: He was at a birthday party where he was seen by several people. But he ended up being blamed for the crime anyway because he looked almost exactly like the man who eventually became the suspect.