PONTIAC, Ill. (CBS) — Stanley Wrice walked out of a central Illinois prison on Wednesday, freed after 30 years behind bars, after his rape conviction was tossed out because he had been tortured into confessing.
Wrice, 59, was released from Pontiac Correctional Center late Wednesday morning, a day after a Cook County judge overturned his conviction, saying two former detectives lied about how they treated Wrice while interrogating him in 1982.
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“It’s just an overwhelming feeling of joy, happiness that finally it’s over with,” Wrice said after walking into the arms of his two daughters, attorneys, and others who greeted him as he left prison.
Wrice said he planned to eat a cheeseburger, and get some sleep after getting none the night before.
On Tuesday, Judge Richard Walsh stopped short of finding Wrice innocent, but ordered him released from prison, awaiting a decision from a…
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