Prosecutors won't retry Illinois man in '82 rape

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:23 p.m. CDT
(AP Photos/M. Spencer Green)
Stanley Wrice, left, convicted of rape and sentenced to 100 years in prison in 1982 gives a thumbs-up sign as he and his attorney Jennifer Bonjean, leave Pontiac Correctional Center Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 in Pontiac, Ill. Wrice was released after serving more than 30 years in prison when a Cook County Judge overturned his conviction the day before and granted him a new trial. Wrice has claimed for decades he was beaten and coerced into confessing to the rape by Chicago police Area 2 detectives working for disgraced former Chicago police Lt. Jon Burge. Burge himself, is now in federal prison after being convicted of perjury related to torture allegations.†Judge Richard Walsh's ruling comes after the officers working for Lt. Burge who Wrice says beat him, invoked their right not to testify.

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man released from prison after spending more than 30 years behind bars for a rape he says he didn't commit smiled and hugged his attorneys after prosecutors said they wouldn't retry him.

Stanley Wrice said he felt like he was "walking into a dream that finally came true" after Thursday's hearing. Prosecutors didn't detail their decision but said the criminal case was over.

Wrice says police beat him until he confessed to a 1982 sexual assault. His case is the latest development from a dark chapter in Chicago Police Department history in which officers were accused of torturing suspects.

Wrice was released from prison Wednesday. The 59-year-old says he played basketball with his grandchildren that evening and slept well.

One of his attorneys said a lawsuit is planned.

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