Cyntoia Brown’s Name Is Not on the List of 11 People Tennessee’s Governor Granted Clemency To

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On Thursday, Tennessee’s Gov. Bill Haslam granted clemency to 11 people. Cyntoia Brown’s name was not on that list.

WSMV reports that Haslam said in a statement: “I am pleased to grant these acts of clemency. These individuals have made positive contributions to their communities and deserve pardons, or are individuals who will receive another chance to become contributing members of society by virtue of their commutations.”

Among those granted clemency by the governor, seven received pardons and four had their sentences commuted.


Last week after being questioned by a Black Lives Matter activist during a speaking engagement, Haslam said his office was considering offering clemency to Brown, who was a 16-year-old sex trafficking victim when she was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

In 2004, 43-year-old Johnny Mitchell Allen picked Brown up with the intention of paying her for sex. He took her to his home where Brown reportedly became afraid that Allen was going to kill her. She shot him once, then went back to her hotel and met up with “Cut-Throat” the pimp who had been trafficking her, supplying her with drugs and abusing her physically and emotionally.

Brown was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison. On Dec. 6, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that she must serve 51 years before she can be considered for release.

Gov. Haslam is one of Brown’s last hopes for freedom. While there have been no reports of him actually denying her clemency, her name being absent from the list of those who received it is troubling.

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Not only is this completely one-sided, it’s not even accurate as to what she says happened.

Prosecutors say Brown killed Johnny Allen, 43, in order to steal from him — she took several firearms and his pants, which contained his wallet. They also pointed to her past drug use and criminal juvenile record in an attempt to show a pattern in her life.

Allen was found dead in a pool of blood in his bed. Authorities say he was face down and had his hands under his head, as though he was sleeping when he was shot in the back of the head, court documents show.

Brown told Nashville police officers Allen picked her up at a Sonic Drive-In and took her back to his home and they got into his bed. He started touching her under the covers and Brown told police she thought he was reaching for a gun, so she pulled out a .40-caliber handgun from her purse and shot him in the head, court documents show.

So, she didn’t shoot him in the chest, she shot him in the head.  If you can’t get basic facts right about what she says happens, it’s hard to take this post seriously.  That she shot him while he was asleep and had the wherewithal to rob him is certainly important to a full evaluation of this case but since it goes against your narrative you continue to ignore like people aren’t going to notice.