STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Woman in prison for life files request to lessen sentence

Shelley Mays/The Tennessean via AP

Lawyers for a Tennessee woman serving a life sentence for killing a man who solicited her for prostitution when she was 16 have petitioned the state parole board to commute her sentence.

Posted: Dec 20, 2017 3:37 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Lawyers for a Tennessee woman serving a life sentence for killing a man who solicited her for prostitution when she was 16 have petitioned the state parole board to commute her sentence.

The Tennessean reports attorneys for 29-year-old Cyntoia Brown filed the request Tuesday to reduce her first-degree murder sentence to second-degree murder, which could allow for her release next year. Supporters say she's been unjustly punished, forced as a child into prostitution.

Brown was convicted in the 2004 shooting of 43-year-old Johnny Allen. Prosecutors said Brown killed him to rob him. Brown said she feared harm after Allen picked her up and drove her to his house. She also said she was then living with a man who sexually abused her and forced her into prostitution.

___

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

12/20/2017 12:27:42 PM (GMT -6:00)

Huntsville
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 52°
Florence
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 55°
Fayetteville
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 46°
Decatur
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 45°
Scottsboro
Partly Cloudy
44° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 44°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

 

Community Events