After 30 years behind bars for a crime he says he did not commit, Stanley Wrice walked out of the Pontiac Correctional Center today.
Wrice is on his way to Chicago where he is expected to meet with his grandchildren for the very first time. He is overjoyed to be out of prison.
He says his faith has sustained him for all these decades. He has spent what he hopes will be his last night in prison.
Wrice’s 1982 rape conviction was overturned yesterday by a Cook County judge.
After posting an I-bond Wrice stepped out into the cold December air this morning.
Wrice and his lawyers say he was tortured and beaten into making a false confession in 1982, allegedly at the hands of Area 2 dectectives working for former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge. Burge is now in federal prison. He was convicted on a perjury charge of lying about his conduct.
Wrice faces the possibility of a retrial, although his lawyers argue that the evidence was flimsy back in 1982, and they say it is even more tenuous today.
The attorneys say the witnesses have either died or recanted and the confession that Wrice says was beaten out of him would more than likely be inadmissible in any retrial.
Prosecutors will go before a Cook County Judge on Thursday to talk about what is next in the case.