The National Registry of Exonerations confirms that Richard was freed from the prison when the police discovered his doppelganger in the same prison.
It was found that his doppelgänger with the same first name was in the same prison. After 17 years of prison, Jones was released on 12 June 2017.
The press release by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt states that in August 2018, Jones' conviction was vacated and charges against him were dismissed in 2017. He had filed a petition in Johnson County Circuit Court seeking a declaration of innocence, the first step toward obtaining compensation from the state of Kansas. In December 2018, a district judge granted the petition and awarded Jones $1.1 million.