From Defendant to Defender: One Wrongfully Convicted Man Frees Another

 | Elizabeth Chuck and Dan Slepian 11/09/2017 9:36 AM MST

Attorney Jarrett Adams recently helped overturn an innocent man's conviction — in the same state that, years ago, had sentenced him to prison for a crime he did not commit.

The case was Adams' first professional win. But it was also deeply personal for the 36-year-old, who spent nearly 10 years behind bars after being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault in a case that Adams, who is black, believes was tainted by racism.

"This is a storybook," Adams told NBC News' Lester Holt. "It's a storybook tale that you wouldn't believe until you saw it ... to have a conviction overturned and in a court, in a state, that I was wrongfully convicted."