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Woman sentenced to life as teen in killing wins clemency

January 8, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fifteen years after Cyntoia Brown was charged with murder, the woman who says she was a 16-year-old sex trafficking victim when she killed a man in 2004 is no longer under a life sentence.

Gov. Bill Haslam granted clemency Monday to Brown, who had been sentenced for killing a real estate agent when she was a teen.

The 30-year-old Brown will remain on parole for 10 years after her release Aug. 7.

Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna, and other celebrities rallied for Brown as she fought her life sentence for the slaying of a man who had picked her up for sex. Her lawyers say she was a sex-trafficking victim and feared for her life.

Brown said in a statement that she will do everything to justify Haslam’s faith in her.

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