Cyntoia Brown granted full clemency after being sentenced to life in prison when she was only 16
Cintoya Brown, the woman convicted to life in prison for killing an alleged sex trafficker, has been granted clemency after 15 years in jail.
Brown admitted killing 43-year-old Johnny Allen by shooting him in the back of the head as he laid next to her in bed in 2004.
The news was shared by the Black Lives Matter Nashville Facebook page and the moment was described as a 'victory' not only for black women but for all women who defend themselves from harm.
A COMPLICATED CASE
Brown's sentence was commuted by Bill Haslam, the Governor of Tennessee, who declared that the decision was made after 'careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case.'
At the time of the crime, Brown was only 16 years old but was tried as an adult and convicted to life in prison, having to spend a minimum of 51 years in jail before being eligible for parole consideration.
Cyntoia Brown will be eligible for release Aug. 7 on time served and will stay on parole for 10 years. https://t.co/l22xQHIBpj— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 7, 2019
According to the Governor, that was 'too harsh,' which, along with all the work Brown did to change her ways while incarcerated, led him to grant her clemency.
TIME SPENT WORKING ON HERSELF
While behind bars, Brown managed to get her GED and she is reportedly expected to earn her bachelor's degree sometime this year. But her freedom will come with a cost.
"Brown was only 16 years old but was tried as an adult."
👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Thank you Governor Haslam 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/rAiru84fgn— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 7, 2019
The 30-year-old will be required to do a minimum of 50 hours of community service, including a program regarding at-risk youngsters, and will have to get a job.
THE INFLUENCE OF THE STARS
Brown's case drew a lot of attention thanks to Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, who appealed for her release. In fact, the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star was one of the first to react to the decision on Twitter.
So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson. Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 6, 2018
A few months ago, the socialite was also involved in the release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who spent 21 years in prison after being charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine in 1997.
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