WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Cyntoia Brown, who killed a man when she was a teen, is scheduled to leave prison this week after her life sentence was commuted to an August 2019 release.
- Then- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted Brown clemency provided she remains on a 10-year parole supervision.
- Brown, whose release had been pushed by various celebrities, now intends to help other abused and exploited women.
A woman who claimed she was a sex-trafficking victim when she killed a man in 2004 will be released from jail this week after being granted clemency.
Celebrities including Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna have since called for Cyntoia Brown’s release. In January, then-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam commuted Brown’s sentence of life in prison to a scheduled release on August 7, 2019.
Haslam’s commutation states that after her release on Wednesday, , Brown, now 31, will be on supervised parole for 10 years on the stipulation that she does not breach any state or federal laws, hold a job as well as regularly participates in counseling meetings.
On Monday, Brown released a statement saying she now plans to help other women and girls who are victims of abuse and exploitation.
“I thank Governor and First Lady Haslam for their vote of confidence in me and with the Lord’s help I will make them as well as the rest of my supporters proud,” wrote Brown in her statement. She has also asked for privacy and time before appearing to the public, said her attorneys.
According to police reports, Allen was shot by Brown in the back of the head at close range. Brown brought a gun with the intention of robbing Allen him after he picked her up at a Nashville drive-in restaurant to have sex.
While the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, Tennessee State argued in lower courts that Brown’s sentence does not violate federal law due to the fact that she would be qualified for parole after at least 51 years of serving her sentence.
Haslam, whose decision came after careful study, said imposing a life sentence on Brown who admitted to committing the crime as a teen, was too harsh, especially with everything she has done to rebuild her life while being in prison. As an inmate, she earned her high school diploma and finished her studies with Lipscomb University.
In a news release by the state Department of Correction, Brown was said to have met with prison counselors to list down plans for her release such as spending time in a transition center and carrying out coursework with the Lipscomb University program.
Earlier this year, Odyssey Impact and Daniel H. Birman Productions Inc., a nonprofit documentary film company announced that a documentary about Brown will be released this year. Brown also plans to publish a book in mid-October.
Source: Yahoo News