Cyntoia Brown Is A Free Woman…With A Book Deal
Last week, we reported that Cyntoia Brown, the sex-trafficking victim would be released from prison today after serving 15 years in prison for killing a 43-year-old man who trafficked her when she was 16-years-old.
Brown claimed that she killed him because she feared for her life in his presence. As a result, in 2004, she was tried as an adult, convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder and aggravated robbery and sentenced to life in prison.
Her initial sentence required that she serve at least 51 years before she would eligible for parole.
But according to CNN, as of early this morning, Brown is a free woman.
Brown’s case was the subject of a PBS documentary that eventually ended up attracting the attention of social media and several celebrities. After months of discussion about her story online, her sentence was commuted by then-Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in January.
While in prison, Brown, now 31, earned an associate’s degree from Lipscomb University in 2015 and a bachelor’s degree in the Tennessee Prison for Women in May.
Derri Smith, founder of the non-profit organization End Slavery Tennessee, said that Brown has been a model inmate.
“She is light years today, as a woman, different from the traumatized 16-year-old that she was,” Smith said in January. “She’s mentoring … troubled youth, working on her college degree, she is planning a nonprofit so she can help other young people.”
Now, in addition to her freedom and her advocacy behind bars, Brown has also been offered a book deal.
Earlier this week, Atria books released a statement regarding their partnership with Brown. Her memoir Free Cyntoia will be published on October 15.
According to Atria, the book will take readers on a rollercoaster as Brown recalls the events of her life that caused her to become a victim of sex trafficking and the unusual events that ultimately led to her freedom.