Two female celebrities are now rooting for a young woman who was locked up and put in jail for life.
The young woman, Cyntoia Brown, ran away from home to be with the love of her life — a 24-year-old pimp called “Cut-throat”. Court records state that Cut Throat sexually abused the teenager all the time that she was with him.
According to the Tennessean, When Cyntoia Brown was 16, she climbed into a pickup truck on Murfreesboro Pike with a stranger, drove to his home, got into his bed — then shot him in the back of the head with a .40-caliber handgun as he lay naked beside her.
Brown, now 28, is serving a life sentence at the Tennessee Prison for Women for the murder of Johnny Mitchell Allen, a 43-year-old Nashville real estate agent.
She will be eligible for parole sometime after her 69th birthday.
Brown has never denied her crime. She has said that she was forced into prostitution by a violent boyfriend. She believed the man who picked her up was reaching for his gun when she killed him.
“I shot him,” she said shortly after the crime. “I executed him.”
But Brown’s life sentence — and the practice of sentencing young people to a lifetime behind bars for even the most heinous of crimes — has drawn increased scrutiny in Tennessee and nationwide as a wave of scientific studies shows that adolescents lag behind adults in development of the parts of the brain that regulate aggression, abstract thinking and long-term planning. Other research has shown the impact of early childhood traumas on brain development.
The report caught the eye of empathetic celebrities such as Rihanna and Kim Kardashian-West
“Something is horribly wrong when the system enables these rapists and the victim is thrown away for life! To each of you responsible for this child’s sentence I hope to God you don’t have children, because this could be your daughter being punished for punishing already!”
Kim Kardashian wrote:
“It’s heart breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this.”
Brown is not likely to be freed from prison at any point in time.