Cyntoia Brown walked out of prison a free woman on Wednesday, Aug. 7. But she didn't go home alone. The 31-year-old recently got married in prison. According to the Tennessean.com, a book publisher revealed the news while Brown was still in prison.
Atria Books announced the marriage in a news release about its deal to publish Brown's memoir. The publishing house didn't provide details on when or whom Brown wed. But the press release refers to Brown as "Cyntoia Brown-Long."
The memoir is described as a "coming-of-age memoir set against the shocking backdrop of a life behind bars." The book is based on her writings over the years.
Brown was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women on Wednesday after serving 15 years of her life sentence for killing a real estate agent while he slept.
Brown was a 16-year-old runaway when she fatally shot John Allen, 43, in the back of the head while he slept in his bed in 2002. Allen had solicited sex from Brown, thinking she was a hooker of legal age, and took her to his home. After killing Allen with his own gun, Brown ransacked his home, then urged her associates to return with him to cart off his belongings.
At her trial, Brown claimed she was forced into prostitute by an older boyfriend, but he was later cleared by investigators. The jury didn't believe her story, and she was sentenced to life in prison in 2004.
Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian-West and Rihanna rallied support for Brown on social media. She was often referred to as a "sex trafficking victim".
Brown will remain on supervised parole until the year 2029.
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