Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown by commuting her life sentence!
Haslam announced his decision on Monday morning and Cyntoia, who has served 15 years in prison for murder will be released on supervised parole on August 7, 2019.
Cyntoia will remain on supervised parole until it expires on August 7, 2029.
During that time, she cannot violate any state or federal laws and will be subject to a release plan approved by the Tennessee Department of Correction and special supervision conditions, including employment, education, counseling, and community engagement requirements.
Governor Bill Haslam said:
This decision comes after careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case.
Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16. Yet, 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.
Transformation should be accompanied by hope. So, I am commuting Ms. Brown’s sentence, subject to certain conditions.
Wow! I am truly shocked Haslam did the right thing.
Good for Cyntoia.