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Wrongfully Convicted Man Receives Pardon

Posted February 2, 2007

— A Sanford man who spent more than five years in prison for a crime he didn't commit received a pardon Friday that clears his name.

Steve Snipes was wrongfully convicted of robbing a convenience store in Sanford in 1998. He was released from prison in 2003 after another man was charged in the case.

Snipes was convicted even though the robber wore a mask. Two clerks said the robber's voice sounded like him.

He traveled from Sanford to Raleigh Friday with his wife and son to pick up his pardon of innocence from state officials. His son was an infant when he was sent to prison, but Snipes said the family has reconnected and he now has a steady job.

"This simple piece of paper has started my life with a better job, a better future and everything," Snipes said. "Now, my record can be cleared. My name is cleared. I want the world to see Steve Snipes holding a pardon of innocence for something he did not do."

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  • Matthew 19_21 Feb 4, 2007

    too bad he didn't have Duke money, privilege and power or he'd never have spent the 5 years in jail. The people screaming about injustice in the Lacrosse case don't give a rat's behind when the same thing - or worse as in this case - happens to poor people

  • alwayslovingu30 Feb 3, 2007

    bunch of crooks he needs to sooooooooooo the state an the prosecuter to boot some people need to loose their jobs because they took years of this mans life on bs get their money an get them fired d crooks in our system they got payed so you should to

  • BLOCKHEAD Feb 3, 2007

    If it walks like duck and talks like a duck, must be a duck?
    Dude got screwed.

  • E-Diva Feb 3, 2007

    I hope there was more to the case than simply being convicted because you sounded like the robber.

  • ++2A-Shall Not Be Infringed++ Feb 3, 2007

    yep, ive seen that guy before, he's always hangin around the food lion, i thought he looked familiar.

  • Sherlockholmes Feb 3, 2007

    That's Him , That's The Guy!

  • Sherlockholmes Feb 3, 2007

    A More Accurate Description Would Have Been:
    heavy set thin guy.
    with lightish darkish hair.
    somewhere between 5 to 7 feet tall.
    approximately 150 to 350 lbs.
    sounded like a male between the ages of 15 and 90.
    spoke with an american accent.

  • doorman888 Feb 3, 2007

    Get used to it, innocent people will forever be put behind bars by due process consisting of moronic jurors and public defenders, while the real criminal continues to walk the streets.

  • Forgetaboutit Feb 3, 2007

    sounded like him...whenever you find yourself on the jury, think about this. Remember, if it was me at that table, and I know most believe and in a way know you will not be at the defendent's table, should I be locked up for this?

  • superman Feb 3, 2007

    Forgot about the lawyers, forget about the DA, forget about the Judge, 12 people on a jury found him guilty. How could they find 12 stupid people to convict him on such flimsy evidence? Must be something more to this case than we know--