Cyntoia Brown walks free after serving 15 years of a life sentence

Cyntoia Brown has been released on parole after serving 15 years in prison. Brown was 16 years old when she was sentenced to life in prison for killing a 43-year-old man whom she said had hired her for sex. Though she claimed the killing was done in self-defense, she was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, and aggravated robbery.

Brown’s story took social media by storm and garnered the attention of celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West who recognized the need for criminal justice reform and rallied for Brown’s release. In January 2019, then-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted Brown a full commutation to parole. Brown will remain on parole for 10 years.

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Cyntoia Brown granted clemency, life sentence commuted

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.

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