Thompson is Ryan's attorney. He spoke in McLean County Thursday morning.
Ryan is set to enter a work release program in January. He's been fighting his conviction for years, but has never been successful.
Thompson says Ryan has had enough.
"He's lost a wife and a brother while he's been in prison," Thompson said. "So he has paid his penalty in spades. It's time for him to be a free man once again."
Ryan should be released from the work program by next summer.