After 15 years in prison, Cyntoia Brown gets clemency for defending herself against a rapist who bought her for sex

Cyntoia Brown

Cyntoia Brown, the American lady serving a life sentence for defending herself against an alleged rapist who bought her for sex when she was a teenager, has been granted clemency. The Republican Governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, ordered the release of Brown after staying in prison for about 15 years.

Brown was said to have killed 43-year-old Nashville real estate agent, Johnny Mitchell Allen, for soliciting her for sex and raping her in his house in 2004. She was thereafter tried as an adult and convicted in 2006 though she was just 16.

Cyntoia Brown

Brown’s lawyers argued that she was a victim of sex trafficking who acted in self-defence to protect her life. Prosecutors said it was robbery.

Bill Haslam – Governor of Tennessee

A statement by Governor Haslam’s office said Brown, now 30, will be released on August 7 for parole supervision.

This decision comes after careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case,” the statement said.

Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16. Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life. Transformation should be accompanied by hope.”

Brown’s case drew the attention of and support from several high-profile celebrities, advocates, pollical leaders, including Comedian Amy Schumer, reality TV personality Kim Kardashian West, NBA star LeBron James and actress Ashley Judd.

Cyntoia Brown Brown’s imprisonment came to global attention after the release of the 2011 documentary ‘Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story’.

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