SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has pardoned a man who spent seven years in prison but was later judged innocent of attempted murder.
Rauner on Wednesday pardoned Robert Wilson. The 60-year-old Wilson was convicted in December 1999 for using a box cutter to slash the face and neck of a woman at a Chicago bus stop. Wilson testified at his trial that he was threatened with beating and denied needed medication unless he confessed.
A federal judge ruled in 2007 that testimony should have been allowed about a man accused of other slashing incidents in the area. The victim who accused Wilson then declared she was no longer sure he was her attacker and a judge vacated Wilson’s conviction in December 2006.
Rauner granted 10 and denied 200 clemency petitions Wednesday.