New reports are stating that governor Bill Haslam ordered the early release of Cyntoia Brown.
The Tennessee woman who has a controversial case was given to a life sentence at the age of 16 after killing the man who allegedly forced her into sex trafficking. According to Brown she was scared for her life at the time she shot that 43-year-old man while they both laid in bed.
Judge Haslam would state, “This decision comes after careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case. Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16. 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. Transformation should be accompanied by hope.”
Brown who’s served 15 years in prison is set to be released in August of this year. She will be required to perform 50 hours of community service, participate in counseling sessions, and be required to get a job after her release.