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What’s New: Cyntoia Brown Granted Clemency And 3 Other Things You Should Know About Her Future

Cyntoia Brown, a woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute, smiles at family members during her clemency hearing Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn. It is her first bid for freedom before a parole board since the 2004 crime. (Lacy Atkins /The Tennessean via AP, Pool)

Cyntoia Denise Brown is finally going home after serving 15 years in prison. Convicted of murder and robbery after killing 43-year-old Jonny Allen, Cyntoia was sentenced to life at the age of 16. In 2011, Birman Productions released a documentary entitled, “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story” where Brown describes the life that led to the killing of Johnny Allen. The documentary revealed new evidence that the jury in 2004 never saw and caught the attention of celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Rihanna. Forced into a life of prostitution, abuse and sex-trafficking, Cyntoia claims that the killing was a result of her fearing for her life. Governor Haslam granted her clemency under the conditions that she finds employment, does community service and undergoes counseling.

Here’s 3 other things you should know about Cyntoia Brown’s future:

Ms. Brown is two degrees hotter.

Earning her Associate’s degree from Lipscomb University in 2015, Cyntoia will be graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in May 2019.

She plans to change the system that failed her.

Cyntoia is partnering with Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice System to counsel at-risk youth.

She won’t be released until August 7th.

Although she has been shown mercy by Tennessee’s governor, Brown will not be released until August 7th and she will be on parole for 10 years.


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