Cyntoia Brown was just 16 years old in 2006 when she was picked up by a 43-year-old man who paid her for sex. He ended up dead by her hand that same night.
At the time she was living with a pimp who had been selling her, violently abusing her sexually, mentally, and physically while also providing her with drugs.
She was convicted for murder as an adult and sentenced to life in prison. She will be eligible for parole after she turns 69.
If Brown were tried as a minor, she would have been released by age 19. Although the Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that mandatory life sentences for juveniles without the possibility of parole or automatic review are unconstitutional, that decision does not apply to Brown due to Tennessee law.
Tennessee law requires an automatic review of life sentences after 51 years; at least 183 people in the state are serving life sentences for crimes committed when they were teenagers.
Brown’s case re-entered the spotlight this month after a group of celebrities including Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg posted their support on social media with the hashtag, #FreeCyntoiaBrown.
An online petition urging Tennessee’s governor to consider clemency for Brown has garnered more than 4,000 signatures.
Brown recently graduated with an Associates of Arts degree with a GPA of 4.0 from Lipscomb University’s LIFE Program (Lipscomb Initiative For Education), and she will soon earn her Bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb.
This story is likely returning to the spotlight because more women are coming forward about sexual abuse. Brown hopes her case has an impact on how the criminal justice system treats children who are victims of sex trafficking.
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