Jackson County court employee helps exonerate innocent man

JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. - A former Jackson County court employee spoke out for the first time after she lost her job for helping exonerate an innocent man.

Robert Nelson recently got out of prison three decades after he was wrongfully convicted of rape.

A judge then fired Sharon Snyder for insubordination nine months before she was retirining after 34 years of work.

The 70-year-old great-grandmother gave Nelson a document that showed him how to properly seek DNA tests.

Court employees are not allowed to give legal advice.

"I knew I was taking a risk, but I felt so strongly about his innocence. Because I knew that if he filed a motion like that, even though I didn't know him, he must know the answer," Snyder said.

Today, Nelson calls Snyder his angel and friend.

Snyder said she would do it all over again if it would free an innocent man.

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