As a teenager, she was raped and forced to prostitute herself by an elderly man who claimed to be her boyfriend.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today accused Cyntoia Brown, the 30-year-old victim of sex trafficking sentenced to 16 years in prison for killing a man who paid for having sex with her. Brown will be released August 7 after paying a 15-year sentence.
"I make this decision because you have taken care of this tragic and complex case," the governor said in a statement. "As she herself admitted, Cyntoia Brown committed a terrible crime when she was 16. But to impose a lifetime on a young woman who had to pay at least 51 years in prison herself to be eligible for parole, it is too serious, especially after The extraordinary steps that Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild his life, "he added.
Brown killed 41-year-old Johny Mitchell Allen in 2004. The man had taken that young woman to his house and paid her to have sex. According to Brown, he shot him because he feared for his life because he thought the man was looking for his gun to kill her.
At that time, the girl lived with her girlfriend for 24 years, a "pimp" known as "Throat Kut" who forced her to prostitute herself and inflicted her. She was punished for an adult and sentenced to life. In December, the Tennessee Supreme Court had decided that he should be in jail for at least 51 years until he was eligible to be released.
The young woman completed a university's career while she was unlocked. According to the governor, "many members of the Department of Corrections and Volunteers testified to their extraordinary transformation while in prison."
The case was celebrated by several celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, who had supported her publicly.
Akk Thank Governor Haslam 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/rAiru84fgn
– Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 7, 2019