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Marvin Anderson to discuss Innocence Project at NOVA-Manassas

The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will commemorate National DNA Day with a guest speaker who was exonerated through DNA testing. On April 25 at 11 a.m., Marvin Anderson will discuss how the Innocence Project used DNA evidence to prove him innocent.

In 1982, Anderson was wrongly convicted of rape and other crimes and sentenced to 210 years in the Virginia State Penitentiary. He was released after serving 15 years but faced lifetime parole. Seeking to clear his name, Anderson contacted the Innocence Project and the organization agreed to accept his case. In 2001, the Innocence Project convinced the Circuit Court to test newly found DNA evidence which excluded Anderson as the perpetrator. In August 2002, former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner granted Anderson a full pardon.

The discussion is free and open to the community in Colgan Theater at the campus located at 6901 Sudley Road. To learn more, contact Dr. Ia Gomez at igomez@nvcc.edu or 703-530-8255.

About the Innocence Project

The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. To date, 268 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 17 who served time on death row. These people served an average of 13 years in prison before exoneration and release. http://www.innocenceproject.org

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.