Easley Grants Pardon Of Innocence To Man Jailed For Robbery

Governor Easley has pardoned a Sanford man who spent more than five years in prison for a 1998 armed robbery in Goldsboro.

There was no physical evidence against Steve Snipes, only testimony that the masked robber of the convenience store sounded like Snipes trying to disguise his voice.

Snipes presented alibis and a witness who testified that a man named Terrance Wyatt was the robber. Wyatt was caught committing an identical robbery while Snipes was in prison.

At District Attorney Tom Lock's request, the State Bureau of Investigation re-examined the case. After that, Lock consented to Snipes' release and indicted Wyatt for the robberies.

Snipes' attorney Paul Green says he and his client will likely apply for compensation under North Carolina's wrongful conviction statute.