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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) of Tennessee has granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown. She has been in prison since she was 16 years old, for murdering a man who allegedly paid to forcibly have sex with her. She had been serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 51 years.
There are two pictures of what happened the day Johnny Allen, 43, died. The prosecutors who secured Brown’s conviction describe a girl with past drug use who was known to steal, and used her juvenile record to describe a troubled young woman.
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Their description of the crime was she planned to rob him. She did take firearms from the property, as well as his wallet and pants. He was found face down, in bed, hands laced together under his head, shot in the back of his skull. Brown didn’t rush to volunteer to the police and prosecutors that she had been trafficked.
There’s another side to the story, though. Brown’s life started with alcohol exposure in the womb, causing alcohol-related impairments. As a baby, she spent time in foster care, becoming a runaway by the time she was a teen. She lacked a stable home life, with no mother and father to protect her.
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According to Brown, a man named Garion “Cut Throat” McGlothen pimped her out, forcing her into drug use and abusing her. When she was in bed with Allen, she says he showed her guns and she was afraid he would kill her. She also says that she took the things from Allen’s home to give to McGlothen to avoid being punished by him.
No matter which of these series of events seems most plausible to you, what happened next is clear. She didn’t testify at her trial. This means that the judge and the jury never heard her descriptions...
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