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Cyntoia Brown Will Serve 51-Year Sentence for Killing Her Alleged Assailant
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49713"><span class="small">Sarah Midkiff, Yahoo! News</span></a>   
Monday, 10 December 2018 14:56

Midkiff writes: "Cyntoia Brown was 16 and a victim of sex trafficking when she was arrested for killing the man who allegedly solicited her for sex, Johnny Allen."

Cyntoia Brown appears in a PBS documentary. (photo: PBS/Rolling Stone)
Cyntoia Brown appears in a PBS documentary. (photo: PBS/Rolling Stone)

Cyntoia Brown Will Serve 51-Year Sentence for Killing Her Alleged Assailant

By Sarah Midkiff, Yahoo! News

10 December 18


yntoia Brown was 16 and a victim of sex trafficking when she was arrested for killing the man who allegedly solicited her for sex, Johnny Allen. In her defense, she says she believed he was reaching for his gun to kill her. However, Tennessee’s Supreme Court clarified an earlier ruling that she must remain in prison for 51 years before she is eligible for release.

The state Supreme Court’s response comes after a lawsuit was filed claiming Brown’s life sentence is unconstitutional based on a previous Supreme Court ruling that said sentencing a minor to a mandatory life sentence was against the Constitution. Only 20 states and the District of Columbia have banned life without parole for minors. Tennessee is not one of those states; there, people convicted of first-degree murder can only be released from prison after serving at least 51 years of their 60-year sentence. A U.S. District Court in Tennessee noted that her sentence was different because she received a “life sentence, not a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.”

The Women’s March, Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna, and LeBron James have all publicly supported Brown’s release, funded legal support, and used her case to shed light on a larger need for prison reform and the systematic racism ingrained in our justice system. “The system has failed. It’s heartbreaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this,” Kardashian tweeted.

In 2004, Brown was forced into prostitution by a pimp known as “Cut Throat” who she believed was her boyfriend. According to court documents, Allen allegedly brought Brown to his home and paid her to have sex with him. She was under the state’s age of consent at the time. In her testimony, Brown said that Allen showed her multiple guns in his home. When she believed that he was reaching under his bed to grab a gun and shoot her, she grabbed a gun out of her purse and shot him. She was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder, and especially aggravated robbery. Brown has already served 14 years in prison.

In response to the court’s decision, the Women’s March tweeted in support of Brown and other sex trafficking victims, adding that the next Women’s March on January 19, 2019 is for them as well. The organization asked their supporters to contact Tennessee’s governor, Bill Haslam, to demand Brown’s release. “Gov. Haslam has the power to #FreeCyntoia. Every day she remains in prison, he is actively choosing not to,” they tweeted.

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+17 # wilhelmscream 2018-12-10 15:37
SYG (unless you’re non-white) F*ck you TN!! THIS WAS SELF DEFENCE!!
+1 # wilhelmscream 2018-12-10 15:49
I’m aware that SYG started in 2005 in another racist state: FL! And this self defense shooting was 2004; don’t bother pointing that out!
-4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-12-10 19:54
The problem here is prosecutors. The US is in an epidemic of prosecutorial malpractice. They are hell bent on sending people to prison. They cannot tell when an innocent person has become embroiled in something not her fault.

Prosecutors have intimidated judges, witnesses, and juries. They have filled US prisons. Half of African American males are felons, whether they've actually done anything criminal or not.

Right now, we have the poster boy for prosecutorial misconduct in Robert Mueller who has been canonized as Saint Robert by democrats and so-called progressives. We need to recognize that the great injustice in America is the direct result of prosecutors.
0 # davehaze 2018-12-12 06:15
Let me see for 2 years Robert Mueller has been investigating alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 election. When he indicted some Russians for a Facebook clickbait scam, to Mueller's surprise they sent their lawyers here to take a look at the indictment and the evidence. Mueller immediately ran to the judge demanding that they desist and be shown nothing. The judge to his credit is allowing the proceedings to move forward.
0 # conniejo 2018-12-12 10:00
I often am bewildered by you -- sometimes you are so rational (there definitely is significant prosecutorial malpractice as demonstrated by several investigations) and other times you seem to froth at the mouth. I don't get your loathing of Robert Mueller's investigation, especially because we've yet to see what evidence, if any, he has concerning the subjects of that investigation. The only evidence we've seen so far is what has become public because people have pleaded guilty to criminal activity. No need to question if there is any "there" there when someone admits to committing a crime. No one thinks Mueller is a saint; your hyperbole does your argument a disservice. He is doing a job he was appointed to do. He didn't ask for it; he was selected because of his reputation for fairness and thoroughness. If you don't like the investigation, blame the Justice Department that appointed him. But I think we all would be well served to wait for the final report before making judgments about whether or not any current and future prosecutions are justified.
+5 # James Klimaski 2018-12-11 05:39
Let's see, a minority, a woman, lived in Tennessee - three strikes against her. Can we get that Florida billionaire who got off without any jail time, pay for her legal defense fund and offer instructions on how to bribe the right people in Tennessee to get this travesty corrected?