WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man is petitioning the state of Kansas for compensation after serving 17 years for a robbery conviction that was dismissed after his attorneys found another suspect who looked just like him and who lived near the crime scene.

Richard Jones, 42, filed the petition Wednesday in Johnson County District Court, where a judge ordered his release from prison last year, the Kansas City Star reported.

"Mr. Jones now asks this court to officially recognize his innocence, so that he may close this painful chapter of life and obtain the clean slate and financial support that the Legislature intended for wrongfully convicted persons," his attorneys wrote in the court filing.

The petition asks the state to officially declare Jones' innocence and to award him $65,000 for each year of his incarceration, totaling more than $1.1 million.

Jones was convicted of robbing a woman outside a Roeland Park Walmart in 1999. Prosecutors based their case on witness identifications. Jones presented alibi witnesses who testified that he was with them on the day of the crime, but the jury found him guilty. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison and his conviction was upheld on appeal.

Jones said he learned from other inmates while in prison that he had a doppelganger, whom his attorneys later identified. The attorneys also discovered that the look-alike lived near the area where the robbery occurred, while Jones lived across the state line in Kansas City, Missouri. The look-alike hasn't been charged.

The conviction was thrown out after witnesses and the victim said they could no longer identify Jones as the robber after looking at pictures of both men. A judge ordered his release from prison in June 2017.

Jones' lawyers said he meets all the requirements under state law to be awarded compensation.

"It is hard to imagine how Mr. Jones can truly get a fresh start without the assistance sought, having lost so many years behind bars when he could have been getting an education, developing his skills and pursuing and rising within his chosen profession," the lawyers wrote.

The petition is pending, though online court records indicate a judge has been assigned to the case.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com