Cyntoia Brown May Receive Clemency In Less Than Six Weeks
By: Brianna Wigfall
Cyntoia Brown was just 16-years-old when she was tried as an adult for killing a 43-year-old man who picked her up and wanted to pay her for sex. It’s been reported that Brown was working for a pimp named Cut-Throat who mentally and physically abused her while feeding her drugs. The night she killed Johnny Mitchell Allen Brown was high on drugs and paranoid that she would be killed, so she shot him in the chest and fled the scene. She was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 51 years to life in prison.
Brown has completed high school and college while incarcerated and she continues to fight for her freedom, which has gained public interest. Now that her story is out, Brown is being identified as a sex trafficking victim in which an activist questioned Tennessee governor, Bill Haslam, about on Monday. Haslam made a speech on the importance of higher education in Tennessee and Justin Lang, a higher-education professional and member of Black Lives Matter Nashville, thought his subject matter had everything to do with Brown’s story and right for justice.