Via - WKRN, Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Days before leaving office, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown.
Brown was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a Nashville man in 2004. She was 16 at the time.
According to a release, Brown was trapped in prostitution and a victim of child sex trafficking at the time when she shot and killed Jimmy Allen.
Allen picked up the then 16-year-old at the Sonic on Murfreesboro Pike and brought her home.
The two got into bed together and at some point, Brown killed Allen. She claimed self-defense, but prosecutors maintained that Brown killed the 43-year-old real estate agent in order to rob him.
Brown’s case gained national attention after celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, Gabrielle Union and Rihanna all showed their support for the young woman on social media.
Several Tennessee lawmakers and pastors also pushed for Haslam to grant Brown clemency, saying it “is the right thing to do for this young woman.”
While jailed, Brown has earned her associate degree.