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Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has granted clemency to Cyntoia Denise Brown, who had been serving life in prison for murdering a man who purchased her for sex when she was 16 years old.
Brown, 30, has served 15 years in prison since being tried as an adult and convicted of murder and robbery in the 2004 death of Johnny Mitchell Allen, who had brought her to his house after soliciting her for sex.
Tennessee - Gov - Bill - Haslam - Statement
Outgoing Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said in a statement that Brown will be released on Aug. 7 to parole supervision.
“This decision comes after careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case,” the governor said, according to CNN. “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. Transformation should be accompanied by hope.”
CNN - Change - Tennessee - Juvenile - Guidelines
CNN reported on the change in Tennessee’s juvenile sentencing guidelines since the Brown case:
“If Cyntoia Brown were tried today, legal...
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