A woman who was sentenced to life in prison for killing the man she said trafficked her for sex has just been granted clemency.
Cyntoia Brown had her sentence commuted by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today after serving 15 years in prison.
"This decision comes after careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case," Haslam said in a statement released by his office.
Brown was convicted of the 2004 murder of Johnny Allen, a 43-year-old real estate broker she claims was trafficking her for sex. She was tried as an adult in the case, convicted in 2006, and sentenced when she was 16 years old.
Brown’s case gained attention in 2017 thanks to social media posts by celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, calling for her release. She was also the subject of a 2011 documentary called "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story."
Cyntoia Brown was convicted of first-degree murder in 2006, when she was 16.