After Jones had been in prison for many years, other inmates pointed out to him that he bore a strong resemblance to another man, The Kansas City Star reported. After some research, Jones' attorneys learned the other man, identified by CNN as Ricky Lee Amos, went by the same first name as Jones and had lived much closer to the Walmart where the crime occurred.
Furthermore, a witness had written down the license plate number of the car involved in the robbery. The number was connected to an address where Amos had lived, according to CNN.
During a court hearing in June 2017, Jones' attorneys showed witnesses, including the victim, mug shots of both Jones and Amos. When the victim could no longer definitively identify Jones as the robber, a judge overturned his conviction and ordered his release from prison.
The statute of limitations on the crime has passed, so Amos cannot be prosecuted.
In addition to the $1.1 million, Jones was also granted a certificate of innocence, access to counseling and given permission to participate in the state health care benefits program in 2019 and 2020, the newspaper reported.
Jones doesn't have any ill will toward Amos, said attorney Alice Craig.
"I don't think so, because it's not Ricky's fault that this happened, but ultimately he was the one we believe who was responsible for the crime," Craig told CNN. "Ricky has never admitted to the crime and I think (Jones) ... was somewhat disappointed that he didn't admit to (it)."