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The Latest: Letter urges no clemency woman convicted as teen

December 21, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the high-profile teen life sentence in Tennessee (all times local):


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s office is being inundated with letters and pleas as he considers granting clemency to a woman convicted of murdering a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute.

Several Democratic Tennessee lawmakers have held events calling for Haslam to offer mercy to the now 30-year-old Cyntoia Brown. Also tucked inside the calls for support is a 2017 letter from the lead detective who has urged the Republican governor against granting clemency to Brown.

Metropolitan Nashville Police Charles Robinson writes his investigation into the 2004 case led him to believe Brown was not justified.

Haslam is currently reviewing Brown’s clemency request, but he has not said whether he’ll make a decision before leaving office mid-January.


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The lead detective in the case involving a woman convicted of murdering a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute is urging Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam not to grant her clemency.

According to a seven-page letter sent to Haslam, Charles Robinson — a homicide detective with the Metropolitan Nashville Police — says he considered the possibility Cyntoia Brown’s actions were justified.


WKRN-TV first reported the letter was sent to Haslam.

Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and other celebrities have supported Brown as she fights her life sentence for killing a man who had picked her up for sex. Her lawyers say she was a sex-trafficking victim afraid for her life.


This story has been corrected to show that the detective letter’s was sent in 2017, not last week.

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