Being sent to jail for life for a crime you did not commit would be a nightmare for anyone. For Wilbert Jones, that nightmare became a reality when he was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of raping a woman back in the 1970s. A group of investigators who seek out cases like Jones’ decided to take a look into the situation and managed to discover new evidence that set him free.
Wilbert Jones was just a teenager when he was convicted and sentenced to a life behind bars for a terrible crime that evidence now shows he never committed. Allegedly, there was another rape that happened several weeks before the rape that Jones was accused of carrying out. The similarities between these two rapes are so dead on that it would be impossible to say they were done by different people. However, another man was arrested for the first rape.
Jones’ legal team debated all along that the man who committed the first act of rape was most likely the same man who raped the woman Jones was accused of assaulting. However, despite giving a description of a taller man with a deeper voice, the victim picked Jones out of a lineup of suspects, and that was more than enough to throw Jones in jail over 40 years ago.
Upon examining the case and looking at new evidence, a judge stated that there was nowhere near enough proof to convict Jones and keep him in prison for the rest of his life. She signed his release papers promptly.
Jones states that he does not want to hold anyone accountable for the years that he spent in jail, because doing so will only make him hold on to anger and hatred. Instead, he shares that he wants to spend the rest of his life eating all of the foods he missed out on while in prison and catching up on lost time with his family and friends.