Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

After 15 years Cyntoia Brown released from Tennessee prison

After 15 years Cyntoia Brown released from Tennessee prison

Brown was initially sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who bought her for sexual purposes when she was 16, according to CNN. After years of hard work put towards an early release based on the circumstance, Cyntoia was granted clemency back in January by the governor of Tennesee, Bill Haslam. "Early this morning offender Cyntoia Brown was released the Tennessee Prison for Women", the Tennessee Department of Correction said in a statement around 3:30 a.m. local time.

Brown, 31, was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women 15 years after she fatally shot 43-year-old real estate agent Johnny Allen at his home. Since Brown's mother drank while pregnant, she may have suffered from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which Brown's attorneys argued can impair one's judgment and mental state.

Brown testified that she had been forced into prostitution by a pimp and resisted Allen. But prosecutors insisted that Brown did not shoot Allen in self-defense, but to rob him, stealing his trousers, wallet and gun after the slaying. "We must continue to seek justice for survivors like her", the group said on Twitter.

"But then, he rolls over, like he's reaching to the side of the bed or something". At 16-years-old, she was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder, first degree felony murder and aggravated robbery. "She will be eligible for parole when she is 69 years old". A news release about the book lists her name as Cyntoia Brown-Long and mentions an "unlikely romance".

The US Supreme Court has ruled against life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.

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Haslam said that was too harsh a condition for a crime Brown admitted to committing as a teen, especially given the steps she has taken to rebuild her life.

She earned her general equivalency diploma (GED) - a USA and Canadian education certificate given to people who did not officially complete high school but completed alternative equivalent exams - and had also completed university studies as a prisoner. They are not even grown up enough to have a brain to make those kind of choices and yet they can be brought into the criminal justice system and just get on that treadmill of incarceration and more violence.

Attorneys working on behalf of Brown also petitioned the state's parole board to commute her sentence, citing her experiences as a sex trafficking victim and adversities during her childhood.

Investigators, however, are still pushing back against Brown's story to this day, and according to court documents, the 43-year-old died in his sleep.

She was also the subject of a 2011 documentary called "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story".

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