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Richard Wanke was found guilty at a jury trial in March 2017, and given a natural life sentence. He is presently at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester, IL.

If you are an interested defense attorney and will consider either pro bono assistance or court appointment, email us at anytime. We will need your help in the near future. While Richard’s conviction is now under appellate review by the 2nd District Appellate Court, his case would return to Winnebago County for retrial if remanded. This may take at least two years to occur, but if it does, Richard will not be well-represented by Winnebago County and will need conflict-free counsel. For that reason, we ask that you can lend any pro bono assistance to Richard at a second trial and/or  consider court appointment, we will sincerely welcome your help and please contact us. Anyone else may also contact us via We also welcome Facebook readers of richardwanke and injustice everywhere to this site. 

Attention: Like so many other wrongfully convicted persons in IL, Richard Wanke is now in the situation of having to prove his innocence after conviction. It’s very difficult for those who are innocent and wrongfully convicted to overturn their convictions. For this reason, to help publicize their individual efforts and to help educate the public about the epidemic of wrongful convictions in IL, we’ve set up a Facebook page at the address below where we will be posting on an on-going basis articles, podcasts, and discussions about wrongful convictions. We also welcome your participation on our Facebook page:

Talk: Suspect Convictions, at
  1. cworboy4759 says:

    The Public Defender believes he has a conflict. How can defendant get good representation in
    this situation? The judge, the head of the Public Defender’s office and Rockford legal professionals too numerous to mention all knew the victim. Many know the defendant. This case cries out for change of venue.


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