The woman who was jailed for the murder of a 43-year-old man she met through alleged sex trafficking has been granted an early release and is expected to be out of jail this summer.
The Tennessean reports that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslan has granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown and ordered her early release from prison, where she has served 14 years of a 51-year sentence for the murder of 43-year-old Johnny Allen
Brown’s sentence will reportedly be commuted to parole, and she will be eligible for release on August 7. She will remain on parole for 10 years and will be required to perform community service and obtain work.
Brown, who was tried as an adult, has claimed she was forced into prostitution and believed her life was in danger when she fatally shot Allen. Her case has gained international attention and her prison sentence has widely been viewed as an injustice, given the circumstances of the killing and her age at the time.
“Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16,” Haslam said in a statement obtained by the Tennessean.
“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.”
Brown also issued a statement through her lawyers, in which she thanked the governor “for your act of mercy in giving me a second chance. I will do everything I can to justify your faith in me.”
“With God’s help, I am committed to live the rest of my life helping others, especially young people,” the statement continues. “My hope is to help other young girls avoid ending up where I have been.”
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