Following support from celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian, the case of Cyntoia Brown has been put on the Tennessee Governor's radar. According to WKRN, Governor Bill Haslam is gathering information on Brown's case. The 29-year-old is spending life in prison for fatally shooting a 43-year-old man who solicited her as a prostitute when she was a teen.
As previously reported, Brown was a teen sex trafficking victim who killed a man she believed was about to attack her. He took her to his home, and she shot him in the back of the head with a .40-caliber handgun. Earlier, she was lured into a sex trafficking ring, and she says that she was forced into prostitution by a violent boyfriend, a pimp named "Kutthroat."
Brown never denied the murder.
“I shot him,” she reportedly said, not long after the crime. “I executed him.”
She was sentenced to life in prison for the murder and is currently incarcerated in the Tennessee Prison for Women.
She will be eligible for parole when she's 67.
Advocates and celebrities have taken to social media to rally behind her with the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown, demanding her release.
"did we somehow change the definition of #JUSTICE along the way?? cause..... Something is horribly wrong when the system enables these rapists and the victim is thrown away for life!" shared Rihanna on Instagram.
Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to say, “The system has failed. It’s heart breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life!" The reality star added that she's asked her legal team to look into the case.