On Monday, Tennessee governor Bill Haslam granted an early release to Cyntoia Brown, who was a 16-year-old victim of sex trafficking in 2004 when she fatally shot Johnny Mitchell Allen, a 43-year-old real estate agent who solicited sex from her.
The order comes only a month after the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Brown would have to remain behind bars for at least 51 years.
The decision from Gov. Bill Haslam comes after years of legal wrangling in the case, which gained notoriety in recent years thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, who had called for the 30-year-old woman’s release.
Brown’s planned release date is Aug. 7, according to a statement from Haslam’s office.
An Independent Lens documentary, “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story,” that profiled her story originally aired on PBS in 2011.
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