NBC NEWS — Cyntoia Brown was just 16 years old when she was convicted of killing a man and sentenced to life behind bars. After serving 15 years of that life sentence, Brown was granted clemency and a full commutation to parole by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday.
NBC News reports that Brown will remain on parole for 10 years after her release, which is set for August 7, 2019.
The news of Brown’s clemency comes one month after the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that she would have to serve 51 years of her sentence before she would become eligible for parole. The decision ignited an online firestorm of Brown supporters calling for her release.