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He Spent 17-years in Prison, Now the State is Paying for Their Mistake.

What would it be worth to sit in a prison for almost two decades, for a crime you did NOT commit?

Kansas will pay $1.1 million to a Missouri man who wrongfully spent nearly 17 years in prison for a robbery he says was committed by his doppelganger.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday that a settlement had been reached with 42-year-old Richard Anthony Jones of Kansas City, Missouri.

Schmidt says Jones was the first to settle a payout under a new state law that provides compensation to people who are wrongly imprisoned. Jones also was granted a certificate of innocence.

Eyewitness testimony sent Jones to prison for an attack and robbery in the parking lot of a Walmart in Roeland Park, Kansas. No physical evidence linked Jones to the crime. He was freed after supporters found evidence that another man who looked just like him lived near the Walmart.

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