Cyntonia Brown was 16 when she shot and killed 43-year-old Johnny Allen in 2004. The Tennessee Supreme Court’s December 6 ruling that Cyntoia Brown will not be eligible for parole until she serves 51 years of her life sentence has stirred up the movement to free her. Brown would then by 67-years-old.
During her trail, Brown says she was forced into prostitution. Prosecutors countered that she went to Allen’s house to rob him.
A PBS Independent Lens documentary about her, “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story,” aired in 2011.Her case has garnered high profile support from array of celebrities from Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West to LeBron James and Snoop Dogg.
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear her case next. Some are urging Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to commute her sentence. Haslam, however, is considering running for the Tennessee senate seat that Lamar Alexander is vacating in a conservative state that just elected Marsha Blackburn.