A Florida native, Sharon Stellato graduated with a law degree from North Carolina Central University Law School in 2006. Prior to law school, Sharon worked as a paralegal in Asheville, NC, where she earned an A.S. in Paralegal Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.
In 2004, Sharon began working at the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, handling over 300 innocence claims and investigations. In 2007, Sharon aided in the exoneration of Dwayne Dail (exonerated on August 28, 2007).
Sharon joined the Commission in 2008 and was promoted to the Commission’s Associate Director in 2012. Sharon has reviewed and investigated hundreds of innocence claims, supervises the Commission’s case load, and serves as one of the Commission’s Evidence Custodians.
Sharon was lead investigator in the exonerations of Greg Taylor (exonerated on February 17, 2010), Willie Grimes (exonerated on October 5, 2012), Leon Brown & Henry McCollum (exonerated on September 2, 2014), Willie Womble (exonerated on October 17, 2014), Joseph Sledge (exonerated on January 23, 2015), and Edward McInnis (exonerated on August 10, 2015).
She is proud to have made her career in post-conviction work.