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.

3 comments

  • Larry

    Chicago is the most racist city in a american with the worst police force on the planet crooked token black politians and and their slave masters run this city in to the ground. Whats next on the hit list dirty ralhm is going to steal everyones pension.

  • James

    This is ridiculous. Jon Burge committed one of the worst crimes that you can commit. How can you misuse your power to send innocent people to prison for 30 years and only get 4.5 years for it? That should be an automatic life sentence. With great power comes great responsibility, but it seems like given power comes with permission to abuse it. Police who commit these crimes are the worst criminals out there.

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