Cyntoia Brown

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslem is considering granting clemency to convicted murderer Cyntoia Brown before he leaves office in January 2019.

On Thursday an appeals court ruled Brown, 30, must spend 51 years of her life sentence in prison before she can be eligible for release.

But Haslem called Brown's life sentence "unjust" during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine at a higher education event at the Nashville Public Library on Monday.

"We're reviewing a lot of cases, and while Cyntoia's case has gotten a lot of publicity, I don't think you want us to treat hers any different than a whole lot of cases that I think people want us to review," Haslam told angry moderators at the event.

Brown was 16 when she ruthlessly shot 43-year-old Johnny Allen in his home in 2004. Brown claimed she shot Allen in self-defense after she saw him reach for a gun. But prosecutors say forensic evidence shows Allen was asleep at the time of death.

Prosecutors say Brown stole Allen's wallet, several firearms and his pickup truck and drove to a Walmart parking lot where she had a friend pick her up. She later attempted to recruit a friend to return to the victim's home to steal more of his possessions.

She was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison in 2006.

Brown initially filed an appeal in 2012, arguing that the mandatory life sentence was too harsh.

But last week the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Brown must serve 51 years of her life sentence before she can be released.

During her appeal trial in 2012, Brown told a judge that her boyfriend, a 24-year-old man named "Kut-throat," regularly choked, beat and sexually abused her.

Her lawyer said Brown only took money out of the dead man's wallet because she feared what her Kut-throat would do if she returned to him empty handed.

Cyntoia Brown Rihanna

Brown's case drew national attention when celebrities such as Rihanna (pictured right), T.I. and Kim Kardashian used their social media platforms to rally public support for her.

Gov. Haslem's assurance that he would consider clemency for Brown didn't satisfy her supporters at the Public Library who want immediate action.

"What do we want? Clemency! When do we want it? Now!" the group chanted during a panel discussion at the event, according to Rolling Stone.

Haslem reiterated that his office is interviewing everyone involved in Brown's case, and he will make a decision before he leaves office in 6 weeks.

But the group continued chanting and disrupting the event, shouting, "That's not good enough!" and "No justice, no peace!"

  • the guest

    Free Cyntoia Brown, create laws to protect children under the age of 18 from human traffickers and predatory pedophiles, and create long range probation and treatment programs for the traumatized young victims who retaliate against their human traffickers and predatory pedophiles.

  • ohdearme

    I hope Haslam follows through, his brother Jim owns the Cleveland Browns and he's very open to making a change given his platform. There's no reason for this woman to serve 51 years before parole, heck even child molesters are released to re-offend and murder before 51 years. Yeah I know what she did but damn at some point the sentence MUST fit the crime. This is way off and she's being railroaded in every way.

  • Ms..N

    It's a sad day when children are being kidnapped and held against their will by sex traffickers. Once they fight back against the brutality they are punished harshly! I hope this young lady is granted clemency and receive intense therapy for the psychological damage done to her!

  • FukkFolks2018

    Rae Carruth didnt even get 50 years and he killed one person and TRIED to kill another. So murder and attempted murder. I dont agree with her sentence. Rae served 18, and got out recently... but his ORIGINAL sentence was 18-24 years. She has served almost 15. Let her go.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    His son got a Lifetime sentence. Grandmama did too! Rae should still be in prison.

  • Nikki

    Just think...that white boy from Baylor got NO JAIL time for rape. The system is broken.

  • FukkFolks2018

    God bless Chancellor and Ms. Saundra. She does a really awesome job of caring for him. The whole state of NC and Charlotte for sure have adopted both of them. They never have to worry about too much finance wise. The Panthers org STILL helps that lady with him finance wise. Its so SAD overall man. He should still be in. Arrogant POS he is.

  • Yardgirl

    This makes me hopeful that some semblance of balance can be served for US. Case in point this morning I am watching the news about the 4 people who were trapped in the mines and their hero welcome upon being rescued. Now these cave demons (pun intended) went looking to STEAL copper and got trapped but that part of the story is but a footnote in the coverage. Had it been one of US!!! Well, you know......... SMH

  • ClaireHuxtable

    She's already done 14 years. I'd like to see her be released into an intensive program to ensure that she can live successfully in society again. Or else she may not make it. She needs a strong support system, not that celebrity stuff..

  • ClaireHuxtable

    That's good to hear. Feels good to know she's not having to go it alone.

  • BingBangBoom

    Why does everything seem to happen at the local Walmart?

  • WutizstillHERE!

    If this happened to a 16 year old non-color run away..who was being controlled by a pimp. She wouldn't be called cold and calculating. She would be a young impressionable kid who went into survival mode because she knew if she didn't do what the pimp said he would hurt her..

    I have past pimps in my family (one was on Maury years ago smh) They are slick and these women are not mentally all there to begin with and to have a man's attention turn to instructions is very easy for a pimp to do verbally and physically. Some prostitutes will absolutely do anything their pimp tell them..even kill.

  • Missy

    Always bad vibes inside too. I always dread going.

  • Scromes1212

    I doubt he does this. It just doesn't make sense to pardon her based off the facts of the case. And it's no pressure on him to do it cause he is leaving office. This case only became national cause that dude that prosecuted her had a change of heart smh

  • Dowoop

    Because once she is released they will be nowhere in sight after a few months.

  • nick c

    You CANNOT murder someone unless you are in immediate severe injury or death I don't care how bad of a situation your in. This is why people who shoot trespassers and booby trapped homes also went to prison, the court will never condone vigilantes especially with murder the proposals people are recommending in the comments are radical.

  • Jennifer Hudson’s Knees

    did people actually look into the case before they rallied behind her? this was a robbery gone wrong.

  • TMW

    He said that because there were cameras and recorders in his face.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Gone on to the next celebrity cause or crusade. The assistant will stop taking her calls. After a while, they'll totally pay her dust. They don't have the time or interest for her to be hanging onto them.

  • Parent

    This girl needs treatment and I don't think she will get that in jail. She has real psychological ailments.

  • Tasha Nicole

    She deserves her punishment

  • BingBangBoom

    Look... it's like they buy the part for the car there. Then work on it outside in the parking lot. Leaving oil, coolant and debris all over. My Walmart is a trip and had One or two shootings this year.

  • Shawty

    I think the sentence was a little harsh. Maybe 25 years since she was a minor when the crime took place. She does deserve to be punished for her actions but sentence is a little lengthy.

  • imright

    ppl DONT RESEARCH !!! ? ppl see a young black woman who is halfway decent looking !!! then celebs started posting free her ! ?

  • the guest

    Walmart are cities, towns, and neighborhoods in and of themselves.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    You are so right, the mindset is impaired from the start. She knew right from wrong, of course, could have taken another route.

    But the kind of conditioning that occurs from having a pimp, no self value, and the violations she experienced affected her judgment, as a troubled teen.

    I agree, prostitutes will do whatever their pimp tells them!

  • jason rite

    Yet the white man can rape half the U.S. AND GET COMMUNITY SERVICE!!!!
    Please let this sister go already.A minor whose mind wasn't fully developed and easy to manipulate.
    An let all our brothers and sisters go who's locked up for selling small ounces of weed also!!!
    The CIA run more drugs than any blk man or woman.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I hope he has mercy on her, and his family and loved ones can forgive her. Regardless, if he really knew she was underage, or that he cared, you can’t just kill a man, while he’s sleeping or because he’s your trick!

    But, she, too was a victim, and hopefully, she receives clemency. This would be more understandable if she were white.

    She would have a mental disorder diagnosis, and much more empathy as to how she could kill a man in cold blood as a 16 year old with her whole life ahead of her, a Lifetime movie and, or book deal!

    Prayers up for all concerned, may the governor’s heart be moved, and the deceased family have peace!

  • Ihatemoney

    Are you referring to the Bryon Smith case? I still think the verdict was wrong, that man’s space was continually violated and when he shot his intruders he was in his right. That damn recording did him in.

  • nick c

    Lol yea I was on his side until I heard the recording very chilling.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    That dude was/is EVIL! Dude shot that girl in the eye to finish her off?

  • Guest

    Prayers going up!

  • morenYAHdelsur


    Haters, stay mad!

  • Ryan

    I'm gonna say my piece - to the people(?) who are saying she deserves to stay in jail, you are caping for a pedophile. Cause she didn't look any-damn-where near 18. Whatever the circumstances were, if he were alive today he'd probably be picking up girls even younger than 14. She's done her time and the world is better with one less nasty redneck child toucher. I hope that she gets clemency.

  • ?jessica?

    Hopefully things work out for her. I think she had served enough time. I hope she has learned a lesson from all of this

  • Tahj

    I completely agree.

  • Shamwow

    If she does return home I hope everyone including Kim and Rihanna, keep that same energy and help her reintegrate back into society. She didn’t do well her first go round and it may be more difficult since the only adult socialization she received was from prisoners. Keep in mind a lot of innocent men became career criminals from years of inmate social learning.

  • Crazy tee

    This 43 year old man should not have been with a 16 year old sexually...That should have been a red flag....She has been in jail for 12 years and that should be enough time....

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Like i said murderers are out only to murder again way before 51 years. I hope she's able to get on track.

  • angrysolo

    do it or let her serve the time without raising her hopes. i can only imagine how distressing it gets being in prison and every frew year’s your case gets a lil attention then it fizzles out like ice on a hotplate

  • Logan Roberts

    Cynt if you get a second chance, I hope you don't mess it up.

  • Brooklyn23

    I agree. I honesty dont even think she should've served that amount of time. I hope she gets out soon and makes better decisions

  • Brooklyn23


  • dontgetblocked

    She's still walking around breathing. Her victim is DEAD! Shot in the back of his head by a seasoned prostitute who lied about her age. He picked her up at a known hoe stroll, bought her food, and they ate before going to bed. He fell asleep. She shot him. Robbed him. Stole his truck....and tried to take a friend back to his home to rob him again. This murderer came from a solid home but she wanted to run the streets with Kut Throat. I feel safer with her in jail.

  • Keunnea booshay

    Its said law makers are in office right now that's getting people off for rape but this child has been in jail since I was in high school and I'm 31 right now the world us fucked up I bet y'all old white neighbors thats on the predictor list sitting back laughing

  • Michelle

    I agree but to be honest this girl was a prostite by the time she was a pre teen. Those te the most critical times in the mental development of a child so there is very little chance this girl was going to grow up to be normal. If she wasn’t in jail she would for sure be dead or strung out somewhere. She needs to do jail time but they kill us everyday and go home and back to sleep. She did her time oh well

  • the guest

    Speak! I've been saying the same thing and getting trolled for it. People really are sympathizing with a predator pedophile and purchaser of trafficked children. Unreal.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    He plotted that whole situation and told her if I get pinned for it Ill do life but if you say it was self defense then the max you'll get is juvenille detention until your 21. But if you don't do it Ill kick the shyt out you every day until you do..

  • Missy

    & some crazy azz set my local walmart on fire abt 2 months ago...& a homicide took place at another one abt 20 mins from me. I be like dammmn.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Wow, I didn’t know this, it definitely shines a different light, and why her case should be up for consideration!

    I thought she just went rogue, fed up with being dominated, and just randomly unleashed her angst against the next trick who came along for some extra cash!

    She was 16, women older than her get coerced into murder plots often enough!
    In this case, she should not be serving a life sentence!

  • AndSo

    Exactly. I don't know why everyone's defending her so strongly. There are plenty of other just cases around the world to throw your weight behind. I think that another 5-10 years on top of the time she's already served is about right. She don't need to spend the rest of her life in jail given her age at the time of the crime, but she should definitely do at least 20-25 years total for it. What she did was atrocious.

  • AndSo

    She lied about her age. She admitted that in court documents. He didn't know that she was 16.

  • AndSo

    She admitted in court documents that she lied to him about her age. In addition, she was an honor student when she still attended school, so she ain't no dummy. Too many excuses for her, honestly. What she did was outright murder, and she could spend an extra five years in jail from today and I wouldn't think it a miscarriage of justice.

  • Crazy tee

    I know he didn’t think she was 40 or even 30...I’m sure he knew that she was too young to be with him

  • AndSo

    So, even though he very likely thought she was of LEGAL age, because you think that him having sex with her was inappropriate due to the age difference, he should have died by being shot in the back of the head while he slept? If you don't like older folks having sex with young people then you should be looking at Hollywood and all the gross people like Hugh Hefner and wish them dead, too.

  • Crazy tee

    Yeah but Hugh’s associates were willing participants totally different. I just can’t see a 16 year old willing to go to bed with a 43 year old...I didn’t say he deserved to die or that she should have killed him it is something that just happened...Everyone handles situations the way they see fit....

  • SandraRose

    That's because you've never met a street smart 16-year-old prostitute. I used to work in a juvenile jail. I saw plenty of 12-17 year old prostitutes who looked and acted like they were grown. They will sleep with anybody for money.

  • AndSo

    Both Hefner and the victim in this case were involved with specific women: Women who were selling their bodies in exchange for money (mainly) and fame (in the case of Hefner). 18 year olds went to bed with Hefner when he was 70+. This girl was a willing prostitute, sadly. She was selling her body to the man she murdered on the night that she murdered him. She presented herself as a prostitute of legal age.

  • Crazy tee

    But she was not of legal age...Maybe if the hormones we’re not raging and he took time to research a little more about this young girl he so desperately wanted to lay with then the incident could have been avoided...

  • AndSo

    You need to read up on the court documents. She was in a foster home and ran away to join her "boyfriend" who was a known pimp. She could have called her foster family at any point, or the police for that matter. She didn't. She now claims that her "boyfriend" sex-trafficked her, which, from a legal standpoint is correct, but she wasn't forced to run away to join him. She just made the poor decision to join him. When she met her victim, she was alone and could have asked to use his phone if she didn't have one (apparently, she did have one and she didn't use that to get help either). She admits in court papers that she lied to her victim that she was of legal age, so he did not know she was sixteen. Her victim bought her food and took her back to his house. She shot him in the BACK OF THE HEAD as he slept and now claims self-defense. After she killed him, she robbed him and then went and found some friends and tried to get them to go back to the victm's house and rob him some more. She bragged to them about what she had done. It is all in the court documents. Yes, the situation is tragic, but at the end of the day, Cyntonia made a parade of horrible decisions which culminated in the murder of a sleeping man. No one pulled that trigger but her. She was young, yes, and that should be taken into account, but she was not exactly an innocent victim

    when it came to the man that she murdered.