CHICAGO (CBS) — Prosecutors on Thursday said they will not retry a rape case against a man who spent 30 years behind bars after he was tortured into confessing to the crime.
The case was officially dismissed at a court hearing Thursday morning after Stanley Wrice walked out of a central Illinois prison on Wednesday.
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.
On Tuesday, Judge Richard Walsh stopped short of finding Wrice innocent, but ordered him released from prison, awaiting a decision…
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