A tragic story on a young sex trafficking victim, serving time for murder, gets a happy ending!
By now, you are familiar with the story of Cyntoia Brown, who was forced into prostitution and ended up killing a potential “john” out of fear that he was going to kill her. Brown was sentenced to life in prison at the tender age of 16 for the killing, and last year, a Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that she would have to serve 51 years of her sentence before she could be even considered for parole.
Today, however, Brown was granted the break she (and a lot of us) prayed for. It is confirmed by The Tennessean that Governor Bill Haslam has granted clemency for Brown, who is now 30 years old.
In a statement, Haslam (in his last days of his term) 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.”
Brown, who received her GED and college degree while imprisoned, will be scheduled to be released on August 7. She will be placed on probation for 10 years. She is planning on starting a nonprofit dedicated to social justice.