After 15 years behind bars, Cyntoia Brown is free

After 15 years behind bars, Cyntoia Brown is free

CREDIT: (WZTV) Daniel H. Birman Productions: "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Cyntoia Brown is free.

It's been 15 years to the day since those words were true. Brown spent a decade and a half behind bars on charges of murder and robbery but was granted clemency from former Gov. Bill Haslam.

Brown said she was a sex trafficking victim when she killed Nashville real estate agent Johnny Allen in 2004.

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Facing life behind bars, Brown worked to earn a degree and fought for her freedom. After a nationwide plea to #FreeCyntoiaBrown, Gov. Haslam granted her clemency in January.

Brown requested privacy Wednesday when she's released but has this statement reading in part:

"While first giving honor to God who made all of this possible, I would also like to thank my many supporters who have spoken on my behalf and prayed for me. I'm blessed to have a very supportive family and friends to support me in the days to come."

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