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The case information about Richard Wanke is password protected. Please email us at freerichardwanke@gmail.com in order to gain access to the information. Please feel free to add your comments as you read. 

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.

Richard’s conviction was upheld by the IL Appellate Court in November 2019. His subsequent PLA request is pending before the IL Supreme Court with a decision due this month. If court review is denied he will need to consider other appeal options, (most likely a Post-Conviction petition). Richard will need assistance by conflict-free counsel (which Winnebago County, IL is unlikely to provide him with) for any appeal. We ask that you please lend any pro bono assistance to Richard or consider a court appointment. We will sincerely welcome your help. Please please contact us at freerichardwanke@gmail.com, or directly at (779) 348 – 2487. Other interested parties who can help publicize Richard’s case may also contact us via freerichardwanke@gmail.com. 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 extent of wrongful convictions in IL, we’ve set up a Facebook page at the address below to post articles, podcasts, and discussions about wrongful convictions. We also welcome your participation on our Facebook page:

Talk: Suspect Convictions, at https://www.facebook.com/nolawforinnocence/
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  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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