Cyntoia Brown’s Lawyers Have Filed An Appeal To Overturn Her Life Sentence
Her name may have faded from the headlines, but that doesn’t mean the work isn’t being done to see that Cyntoia Brown has a chance at freedom and rehabilitation from her traumatic past. The 29-year-old’s story went viral for a short time last year after many learned a childhood of abuse and neglect possibly contributed to her committing murder as a teenager. Brown, a native of Nashville, was sentenced to life behind bars at the Tennessee Prison For Women for the 2004 murder of 43-year-old Johnny Allen. Brown met Allen at a nearby restaurant shortly before his death which occurred in a hotel room when Brown assumed he was reaching for a handgun at one point and shot him. Since being charged with his murder over a decade ago, Brown and her legal team have maintained that she was forced into prostitution as a teen by Garion “Cut Throat” McGlothen, whom she says acted as her pimp, physically abused her and forced her to do drugs.
Upon learning the story, many celebrities expressed their support and reality star Kim Kardashian even offered the services of her legal team to assist Brown in getting her life sentence overturned. Essence reports that Cyntoia Brown may be one step closer to a shot at life outside of a prison cell.
The site reports Brown’s attorneys officially filed paperwork to reverse what many felt was the excessive life sentence she received at the age of 16. USA Today reports that the lawyers are requesting the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to “weigh the constitutionality of her life sentence.” In addition, they are also asking the court to revisit the possibility of Brown’s innocence revealing the observation that she may have suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome as a baby and in turn “lacked the mental capacity” to face a murder charge at the time the crime was committed. Lastly her team highlighted a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which deemed sentencing a minor to life in prison unconstitutional.
All Brown’s previous appeals have been denied. A response is expected from the state on February 7.