Cyntoia Brown Granted Clemency.

Updated: Mar 8, 2019

In 2006, Cyntoia Brown received a life sentence for killing Johnny Mitchell Allen, a man who she stated had bought her for sex when she was just sixteen years old. Brown would have been required to serve 51 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole in her late 60s.

In the years since Brown’s trial, Tennessee, where the crime was committed, has changed its sentencing guidelines to reflect how the state would deal with child victims in the future.

The case was widely publicized, with a wide range of public figures advocating for Brown’s clemency. Mere days before leaving office, Tennessee governor Bill Haslam’s office released a statement that Brown will be granted clemency and released to parole supervision in August 2019. She will have served 15 years in prison.

As reported by The Tennessean, Haslam stated,

“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. So, I am commuting Ms. Brown’s sentence, subject to certain conditions.”