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Cyntoia Brown scheduled to leave prison after clemency

Cyntoia Brown scheduled to leave prison after clemencyA woman who said she was a 16-year-old sex-trafficking victim when she killed a man in 2004 is scheduled to be released from prison this week after being granted clemency . Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and other celebrities had lobbied for Cyntoia Brown's release, and then-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam agreed in January. The now-31-year-old Brown will remain on parole supervision for 10 years after her release Wednesday, on the condition she does not violate any state or federal laws, holds a job, and participates in regular counseling sessions, Haslam's commutation says.



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Cyntoia Brown was just granted clemency. Here's what that means.

Cyntoia Brown was just granted clemency. Here's what that means.After 14 years in prison, Cyntoia Brown, whose story has gone national, was granted clemency. This is what that means in Tennessee.



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US teen sex trafficking victim granted clemency over murder

US teen sex trafficking victim granted clemency over murderA US trafficking victim serving a life sentence for killing a man who bought her for sex when she was a teenager was granted clemency Monday following a celebrity-backed viral campaign for her freedom. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said Cyntoia Brown, now 30, had been given “too harsh” a sentence for the 2004 murder of a real estate agent in the city of Nashville. Johnny Allen had picked up Brown, who was 16 at the time and a runaway under the influence of a dangerous pimp, and taken her to his home for sex.



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US trafficking victim granted clemency over killing of man who bought her for sex as teenager

US trafficking victim granted clemency over killing of man who bought her for sex as teenagerAUS trafficking victim serving a life sentence for killing a man who bought her for sex when she was a teenager was granted clemency on Monday following a celebrity-backed viral campaign for her freedom. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said Cyntoia Brown, now 30, had been given "too harsh" a sentence for the 2004 murder of a real estate agent in the city of Nashville. Johnny Allen had picked up Brown, who was 16 at the time and a runaway under the influence of a dangerous pimp, and taken her to his home for sex. The ex-Army sharpshooter allegedly showed off his firearms and "grabbed" Brown forcefully between her legs. She said she shot him in fear for her life. A jury convicted Brown of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery, and she was given life with the possibility of parole after serving at least 51 years in prison. Calling the case "tragic and complex," Mr Haslam granted clemency under the condition of a 10-year parole. Brown will be released on August 7 after undergoing training on returning to society. "Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16," Haslam said in a statement. "Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life." Without the governor's intervention, Brown would have remained in prison at least until 2055. In a statement published by The Tennessean, Brown thanked her supporters and the governor and promised to "do everything I can to justify your faith in me." Brown's case was featured in a 2011 documentary, and was the subject of a social media campaign involving multiple celebrities who advocated for clemency, saying she should have been treated as a traumatised child victim of sex trafficking. "It's heart breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life," reality star Kim Kardashian wrote on Twitter in 2017. Last month, actress Ashley Judd implored her home state's governor to grant clemency by saying Brown "deserves our empathy and your mercy."



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Death-row inmate awaits court rulings, clemency decision

Death-row inmate awaits court rulings, clemency decisionNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate was waiting Wednesday to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court or the governor would halt his Thursday execution in the electric chair.



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Trump considers pardon for Ali, invites protesting athletes to suggest 'friends' for clemency

Trump considers pardon for Ali, invites protesting athletes to suggest 'friends' for clemencyTrump spoke to reporters before departing for the G-7 summit in Canada, boasting of his pardons so far. He said he’s considering a pardon for the late boxer Muhammad Ali, whose conviction on draft evasion charges was overturned by the Supreme Court.



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Alice Marie Johnson Granted Clemency By Trump After Kim Kardashian Push

Alice Marie Johnson Granted Clemency By Trump After Kim Kardashian PushPresident Donald Trump announced he commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie



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