“I wake up every morning just as grateful as I can be.”
— Exoneree David Boyce
2016 has been a big year for MAIP exoneree David Boyce. (You may remember him from the July Luncheon when he presented the award to Marty Stroud.) Three years after his exoneration, David celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary, settled a civil suit against Newport News, Virginia for $2 million, and used some of the money to start his own company, FHG Electric, in Richmond.
David is a Master Electrician, and is already hiring his first employee. He also is committed to helping other exonerees – in the past year, he has participated in both of our Exoneree Listening Sessions, attended a Healing Justice retreat and the Innocence Network Conference, and is helping us build a peer-support program for exonerees (something he has done informally since his own release). With all of that, he still finds time to get to the mountains and fish with his wife, Linda. “What gives me the deepest satisfaction is being able to make a choice,” Boyce said. “For 23 years, I didn’t get to choose what I ate, when I went outside, or when I got to see my wife. I wake up every morning just as grateful as I can be.”