Cyntoia Brown killed a man who hired her as a sex worker when she was 16. She says it was in self-defense.
As a minor, she was sentenced to life in prison
After serving 15 years, she was granted clemency Monday following a social-media campaign.
Cyntoia Brown, a woman who received a life sentence after killing a man who picked her up her for sex while she was being sex-trafficked at 16 year old, has been granted clemency after a star-studded effort to gain her release from prison.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted a full commutation to Brown on Monday, making her eligible for release on August 7, at which point she will face a 10-year period of parole.
The act instantly cut out the 39 years, the time left before she could petition parole, between Brown and her potential freedom. But the moment of catharsis was a long time coming.
This is the story of how Brown found herself behind bars and eventually gained her freedom.
Brown was born afflicted with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on January 29, 1988, to a home facing drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness. She was eventually given up for adoption.
In court, Brown’s biological mother along with a psychologist testified that Brown was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a condition caused by alcohol exposure in the womb. The condition can cause brain damage among other complications, though Brown was said to have a high IQ.
She was born into a household afflicted with mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse.
“Bipolar, personality disorder, suicidal, manic depressive,” said Brown’s biological Georgina Mitchell in court footage from a 2011 documentary, listing conditions she’s been diagnosed with. Mitchell said in court that she drank up to a fifth of whiskey a day while pregnant with Brown. She also would admit to using …read more
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