Being a victim of child sex trafficking, Cyntoia Brown served 15 years in prison for murdering her 43 year old sex master she claims paid her for sex. So she needed a way out and the only way out she saw was acting in self defense when she killed him.She was released from prison Wednesday from Nashville prison. Earlier this year, then- Governor Bill Haslam too the unusual leap to grant Brown clemency for what he called a “tragic and complex case”. Over the years, the fight for Brown’s release has brought prominent lawyers to her defense, a PBS documentary and backing from celebrities including Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna. Her case also inspired the introduction of state legislation aimed at protecting minors who are victims of sex traffficking. In 2006, Brown was convicted of aggravated robbery and first-degree murder for killing 43-year old real estate agent Johnny Allen, whom she went home with after he picked her up for sex at a Sonic Drive-In in Nashville. She confessed to police that she pulled a pistol out of her purse and fatally shot Allen because sh thought he was reaching for a gun. She then fled with Allen’s guns and money. She drove away in his pickup truck. Prosecutors claimed that Brown shot Allen as part of a plan to rob him, but Brown told police she was acting to protect herself. She was convicted and sentenced to life in prison over the killing.Over time, her case gained new scrutiny when she revealed that she had been dating a big time drug dealer nick named Cut Throat, who forced her into prostitution. This was at the time of the #MeToo movement, which further focused on these types of cases and crimes as Brown, now 31 years old, was among more than 180 inmates serving life sentences in the state for crimes committed when they were teens. Her supporters continued to draw sympathy with the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown. Criminal justice reform advocates portrayed Brown’s case as an example of the unreasonable incarceration of a teenager who was a victim of sex trafficking. “Did we somehoe change the definition of #JUSTICE along the way??” Rihanna asked in a 2017 Instagram post about Brown that receivd nearly 2 million likes. “The system has failed,” Kardashian West tweeted.While incarcerated Brown earned her GED, finished a bachelors degree and mentored at risk youth. On Tuesday, the National Women’s Law Center celebrated the long legal battle that led to Brown’s release, but with a cautionary note. Brown’s publisher announced that Brown will release a memoir in October that will describe her traumatic childhood, how she transformed her life from behind bars and the events that led to her murder conviction and ultimately being released from prison.

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Published by Eboni Brown

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