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Week of Thanks: Amanda Sampson

A young woman lost her dad at the hands of three men and came close to losing her own life when these same men shot her.
November 26, 2013 - A young woman lost her dad at the hands of three men and came close to losing her own life when these same men shot her.

Amanda Sampson's story continues our Week of Thanks series on JET24.

At 5-years-old Sampson was in a car accident with her dad, Sam Sampson, when their car went over a bridge.

Her dad was thrown from the van and paralyzed from the waist down.

She lived in Alabama at that time when she says the accident and his injury led to her fathers crystal meth addiction.

That addiction turned deadly on January 18th, 2004.
"You don't go through what I went through and survive," Sampson said.

Three men were at Amanda’s house when she says a drug deal between them and her dad went wrong.

During the exchange, Amanda says she heard a loud noise.

"So I got up and said what was that and the guy came out of the bathroom and at point blank range, held a gun to my face, and said I just killed your dad and I'm fixed to kill you, so he shot me in the face," Amanda said.

Amanda was 17-years-old and six months pregnant at the time, but was somehow able to get out of the house after being shot, beaten and stabbed.

It’s an unbelievable story that Amanda says made her the person she is today.

"Going through what I went through has made me a better person,” she said. “I'm a single mom three kids and I just have a whole different outlook on life you're thankful for every breath you get."

The child Amanda was pregnant with is 9-years-old now.

She says the three individuals who killed her dad and almost killed her were prosecuted in Alabama for the crimes.

She now lives in Erie and says she's forgiven those men and is thankful to be alive.
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