“You are getting out in August.”
Those were the first words Cyntoia Brown heard from her lawyers Monday, when Gov. Bill Haslam granted her clemency.
A Nashville woman serving life in prison for a murder committed when she was 16 years old has also become a cause for high-profile celebrities including Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna. Now, Tennessee's outgoing governor is deciding whether to pardon Cyntoia Brown. Her case is compelling on many levels, its own unique and disturbing set of facts as well as what it says about how Tennessee and the country are changing.
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Celebrities are using their star power in support of a Tennessee woman, Cyntoia Brown, who is currently in prison, serving a life sentence for murdering a man that had bought her for sex when she was 16 years old. CNN's Freedom Project explores her tragic story as a sex-trafficked teen now fighting for a second chance.
The Tennessee Supreme Court said Thursday that Cyntoia Brown, a Nashville woman serving a life sentence in prison for a murder she committed at 16, could be eligible for release after she serves 51 years in prison.
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that Cyntoia Brown must serve a minimum of 51 years in prison for killing a Nashville man who bought her for sex when she was 16 years old.