New York’s PIX 11 News annual “Giving Thanks” program, which highlights people who have endured extraordinary experiences, included Innocence Project client Alan Newton in this year’s edition. Newton spent more than two decades in prison for a 1984 rape and robbery he did not commit before DNA evidence exonerated him in 2006.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Newton told the show’s host, Marvin Scott, about his deep appreciation of family and friends and how their support sustained him when he was fighting for his life behind bars. Seven years after regaining his freedom, he is grateful to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family.
Newton was joined on the program by Allison Gilbert who opted to undergo a double mastectomy to prevent her chances of getting breast cancer as indicated by a specific gene she has; and Purple Heart recipient, U.S. Army Sergeant Sam Angert, who was severely wounded while serving in Iraq.