A movement to free a woman serving a life sentence has grown, with high profile celebrities like LeBron James, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian West offering moral, and now even legal, support.
Cyntoia Brown, now 29 years old, went to prison in 2004 when she was just 16. She was convicted of killing a Nashville real estate agent, Johnny Allen, 43, who hired her as a prostitute, Fox News reported.
She shot him with a gun she had in her purse and then stole two of his guns and his wallet before driving his pickup truck to a Walmart parking lot, Newsweek reported. She was later arrested.
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! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this. #FreeCyntoiaBrown pic.twitter.com/73y26mLp7u
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 21, 2017
It’s not clear why celebrities have started calling for her freedom, but now Kardashian West is offering to help Brown by lending her her personal attorney.
The Blast reported that her lawyer, Shawn Holley, who was part of O.J. Simpson’s “Dream Team” of lawyers, is reaching out to Brown.
Kardashian West is also throwing her attorney into the case of a 62-year-old former FedEx worker who was convicted of a drug offense after passing messages for a cocaine ring in the 1990s. She has served 21 years of a life sentence.
The documentary “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story” says Brown was forced into prostitution as a teenager.
Her mother drank alcohol while she was pregnant, and then started taking drugs after she was born, it says. The mother then got into prostitution.
Brown was given to an adoptive mother, but ran away, and ended up living with a pimp called “Cutthroat” who abused her.
Opponents of Brown’s incarceration argue that she was held captive by him, and should be treated as a victim of human trafficking.
The prosecutor in the case argued that she was trying to steal from Allen, and killed him so she could take his money.
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