Cyntoia Brown is back in court pleading her case And asking for leniency but the court is split on their final decision.
When Cyntoia Brown was 16, she was sentenced to life in prison for murder and no chance for parole until she serves 51 years.
Following her hearing, and emotional testimony’s from Brown and her supporters, the parole board was divided.
Two said they’d recommend Gov. Bill Haslam grant her clemency. Two turned down her request. And two said Brown should serve 25 years instead of 50 before becoming eligible for parole. That would mean at least 11 more years in prison.
Her legal team is saying that due to her being a minor at the time, it was unconstitutional to hand down such a harsh sentencing.
“I do pray that you show mercy and that you give me a second chance,”
Cyntoia Brown said as she sat in front of a parole board.
“I have a college degree now. I have a family … a whole community of people who love me, who believe in me, who support me,”
Brown did admit to shooting and killing a Nashville man named Johnny Allen, who she claims had picked her up for sex. Brown insists she’d been forced into.
“I’m not saying I deserve anything, I ’m asking for mercy,” she said. “I’m telling you that I am a completely different person.”
As her case continues to unfold we will keep you updated on any decisions.