"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," said Gov. Bill Haslam.
A Black Lives Matter member confronted Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who only has six weeks left in office, making the case for Brown's clemency. Lawmakers are advocating for her as well.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has said he is considering the clemency request for Cyntoia Brown, a sex trafficking victim who was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who picked her up for sex when she was a teen. The adept questioning of a member of Black Lives Matter Nashville prompted Haslam's statement.
Brown was a teen when she said she killed a white man in fear for her life.
A recent ruling in the case of Cyntoia Brown, a victim of sex trafficking sentenced to life for killing a man who picked her up for sex when she was a teen, is sparking outrage. The Tennessee Supreme Court has said Brown must serve at least 51 years in prison before she could be released.
Rihanna and others advocate freeing Brown who at age 16 was raped and forced into prostitution.
As sexual harassment and violence against women remains a part of the national conversation, the case of Cyntoia Brown, a 16-year-old victim of sexual abuse sentenced to life for killing a man who picked her up for sex, is again brought into the spotlight by celebrities using social media.