Cyntoia Brown has been released on parole after serving 15 years in prison. Brown was 16 years old when she was sentenced to life in prison for killing a 43-year-old man whom she said had hired her for sex. Though she claimed the killing was done in self-defense, she was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, and aggravated robbery.
Brown’s story took social media by storm and garnered the attention of celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West who recognized the need for criminal justice reform and rallied for Brown’s release. In January 2019, then-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted Brown a full commutation to parole. Brown will remain on parole for 10 years.