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Stanley Wrice Wrongful Conviction: Prosecutors Say They Won't Retry Illinois Man In 1982 Rape Case

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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. (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. (AP Photos/M. Spencer Green)

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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