Kim Kardashian and More Celebs React After Cyntoia Brown Is Granted Clemency
By Leena Tailor
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Celebrities took to social media to share their joy after Cyntoia Brown, an imprisoned 30-year-old woman supported by Kim Kardashian, was granted clemency on Monday.
As a teenager, Brown was convicted of murdering Nashville real estate agent, Johnny Allen, after he bought her for sex. She received a life sentence in prison and has served 15 years, but will now walk free in August.
Without being granted clemency by Tennesse Governor, Bill Haslam, she would not have been eligible for consideration for parole until 2055 after serving a minimum of 51 years behind bars.
“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,” Haslam said, explaining his decision in a statement.
Sharing her gratitude, Brown promised to use her freedom to help others in a statement released after the announcement.
“With God’s help, I am committed to live the rest of my life helping others, especially young people,” she said. “My hope is to help other young girls avoid ending up where I have been.
It happened!! Thank you to everyone who fought for Cyntoia. Every phone call. Every letter. When you wonder, “I’m just one person, what can I do?” Look at how many of you added up to create a wave of support and get the attention of the powers that be! YES! #CyntoiaBrownhttps://t.co/W9SZDjUg1y