A young Cyntoia Brown looking uneasy during her trial.
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Will Federal Appeals Court Issue Clemency for Cyntoia Brown’s Teen Life Sentence?

Cyntoia Brown was tried as an adult when she was just 16 years old. She is still serving life in prison 14 years later.

in 2004, she was convicted of murdering a 43-year-old man who’d picked her up to have sex with her. A federal appeals court hearing her case for leniency in her sentence will soon make a decision.

A young Cyntoia Brown looking uneasy during her trial.
Cyntoia Brown on trial when she was sixteen.
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The teen girl inmate was 16 years old when she was sentenced as an adult to a life in prison. She was convicted of killing a man she went home with.

Her plea for leniency at a parole board has not yielded any fruits, and the state governor has declined to act on her behalf.

Brown’s only hope for leniency at the moment lies with the federal court to which she will soon make her plea.

Cyntoia Brown Claims She Was a Prostitute When She Killed a Man

It all started when Cyntoia Brown found herself in bed with a man named Johnny Allen. She alleges she was forced into prostitution by a man who was once her boyfriend.

‘Cut Throat’ became her abusive pimp and regularly beat, drugged and raped her. Allen had ‘purchased her’ and took her to his house for sex. While they were both in bed, Brown took a gun and shot Allen dead point-blank.

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She was only 16 years old at time, and claimed she felt threatened by Allen. Brown says thought he was going to hurt her.

Did Teen Inmate Cyntoia Brown Commit Cold Blooded Murder?

Detective Charles Robinson of the Nashville Police arrested Brown. He and other prosecutors do not believe Brown was a prostitute. They believe she hooked up with Allen in order to murder him.

Brown was tried as an adult and sentenced to life imprisonment. Her lawyers took her case to the Tennessee appeals court. But the appellate court upheld the teenager’s life sentence.

Cyntoia’s life sentence will not make her eligible for parole until she serves 51 years behind bars. By this time, she will be 69 years old.

She is now 30 and has already served 14 years. Brown remains incarcerated at the Tennessee Prison for Women. Her conviction at 16 added to a long list of young girls filling up the school-to-prison pipeline in America.

New Prison Activist Kim Kardashian Promises to Help Cyntoia Brown

Several prison advocates have taken up the case of Cyntoia Brown and actively lobby for her early release. Hundreds of thousands of people have signed an online petition to have her freed.

Kim Khardashian
Kim Khardashian is offering help with Cyntoia’s case.
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Several celebrities also rally support for Brown. They include:

  • Kim Kardashian West
  • LeBron James
  • Rihanna
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Kim Kardashian West recently convinced President Trump to release Alice Marie Johnson who was a first timer serving a life sentence for non-violent drug charges. The reality show star turned prison activist vows to support Brown until she is released.

She took to Twitter and tweeted:

The system has failed. We have to do better and do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this.

Federal Court of Appeals Is Brown’s Last Hope

Cyntoia Brown, who earned an Associate Degree in prison from Lipscomb University in 2015, has a documentary film to tell her story.  The film is titled Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story and was produced by Daniel H. Birman.

It details the emotional pains and physical abuse Brown went through before she eventually killed Johnny Alln. Brown narrates much of her life story herself in the film.

The parole board is divided over her case at this time. Gov. Bill Haslam is too occupied to do anything for her at the moment. Brown’s only hope for relief is her plea to the federal appeals court in Cincinnati this week.

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Charles Omedo
Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.