In fantastic news, Cyntoia Brown has finally been released from prison

07 Août, 2019, 22:32 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • In fantastic news, Cyntoia Brown has finally been released from prison

Cyntoia Brown has been released from prison early after receiving a life sentence for killing a captor after being forced into prostitution as a child.

Haslam said that was too harsh a condition for a crime Brown admitted to committing as a teen, especially given the steps she has taken to rebuild her life.

Last month, Netflix acquired the rights to Cyntoia Brown's life story and a feature film is in the works with Daniel Birman directing. Brown and her supporters for years have maintained that the 2004 killing was an act of self-defense.

Brown was convicted on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 43-year-old Johnny Mitchell Allan in 2004.

Brown testified at her trial that she was solicited for sex by Allen.

Cyntoia, who was found guilty at 16 years old of murdering a man who bought her for sex in 2004, was granted clemency by then-Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in January 2019; she walked out of prison after almost half her life behind bars on August 7, 2019.

And according to Tennessee Department of Corrections, Cyntoia, now 31, was released on Wednesday 7th August after being granted clemency back in January. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg started to rally around Brown in late 2017, claiming she was the victim of a criminal justice system that enabled sex traffickers while discarding their victims. A previous ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court ordered her to serve 51 years in prison before being able to be considered for parole, but thankfully, Haslam stepped in. She was granted clemency in January by outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam.

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As part of the conditions of her parole, Brown must take part in regular counseling sessions and get a job or continue her education, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction. While incarcerated, she earned her GED and completed studies with Lipscomb University.

"While first giving honor to God who made all of this possible, I would also like to thank my many supporters who have spoken on my behalf and prayed for me", Brown said in a statement, viaABC.

Brown met with prison counselors to design a plan for her release, which will include time in a transition center and continuing coursework with the Lipscomb University program, the state Department of Correction said in a news release. "I can create opportunities where I can actually help people".

Cyntoia Brown appears in court during her clemency hearing at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn., May 23, 2018.

Cyntoia was tried as an adult and convicted of first degree murder, first degree felony murder and aggravated robbery.

"She's mentoring ... troubled youth, working on her college degree, she is planning a nonprofit so she can help other young people".

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