Man spending 30 years in prison granted retrial
A man who has spent 30 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit was granted a re-trial.
Stanley Wrice, 59, who is serving a 100-year sentence for rape, will be released on a $5,000 I-Bond from the Pontiac prison sometime Wednesday, his lawyers tell WGN.
Wrice claims he was beaten by detectives working under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge to force him to confess. Burge is now serving a sentence in federal prison on perjury charges relating to allegations that he systematically tortured prisoners at Area 2 police headquarters during the 1980’s.
His lawyers delivered closing arguments Tuesday morning. Attorney Jennifer Bonjean said her client has demonstrated each and every claim in his petition.
A witness recanted his testimony from 1982, saying he was also beaten and coerced into making false testimony.
Another hearing is scheduled Thursday to hear how the state will proceed.