Douglas County Attorney dismissing rape case against Albert Wilson
LAWRENCE, Kan. (KAKE) – The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office is dismissing the rape case against Wichita native Albert Wilson on Wednesday.
According to the Lawrence-Journal World, District Attorney Suzanna Valdez has moved to formally dismiss the rape case against Albert Wilson.
In January of 2019, a jury convicted Wilson of one count of rape in connection to an incident that occurred when he was a student at the University of Kansas in September of 2016. At the time, he was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison.
In March of 2021, Wilson was released from prison after a judge ordered a new trial in the case.
The new trial for Wilson's case was scheduled for February 28, 2022, However, Valdez said she chose not to retry Wilson, as his case would be resolved through restorative justice measures, which the alleged victim in the case supported.
Valdez also said her office initially offered a plea deal to Wilson, however negotiations with Wilson’s attorneys did not result in an agreement.
When an agreement was not made, Valdez’s office approached the alleged victim about another possible solution.
“In keeping with this office’s trauma-informed approach to criminal prosecution, we sought the survivor’s input and gauged her expectations and objectives,” Valdez said. “She wanted to address Mr. Wilson directly and to convey to him the impact this entire experience has had on her.”