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Andree Wright

Other St. Clair County, Illinois exonerations
In 2005, 24-year-old Andree Wright pled guilty in St. Clair County, Illinois Circuit Court to illegal possession of a weapon. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

In September 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in People v. Aguilar that the portion of the statute under which Wright had been convicted was unconstitutional. The statute said that a person committed the offense of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon when a person “carries on or about his person or in any vehicle or concealed on or about his person except when on his land or in his abode or fixed place of business any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or other firearm and the firearm is uncased, loaded and immediately accessible.”

The court held that portion of the statute violated the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

On February 29, 2016, Wright’s conviction was vacated and the charge was dismissed. By then, he had spent 294 days in custody as a result of the conviction.

Acting without a lawyer, Wright filed a motion for a certificate of innocence in St. Clair County Circuit Court. On June 12, 2018, Judge Stephen McGlynn granted the motion and ordered Wright’s record expunged.

Wright then filed a claim for compensation from the state of Illinois. In 2019, he was awarded $52,000.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 4/6/2020
County:St. Clair
Most Serious Crime:Weapon Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2005
Sentence:2 years
Age at the date of reported crime:24
Contributing Factors:
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No