Parole Board Divided On Cyntoia Brown, The Teen Sex Trafficking Victim Serving Life For Killing Her Abuser
UPDATE: The Tennessee Prison Parole board is split on clemency for Cyntoia Brown.
According to a report from Fox 17:
"Members were split three ways: Two members were for letting Brown out, two other members were recommending to keep her in jail and two members wanted her conviction to second-degree murder with a 25 year sentence and eligibility for parole after 25 years. She has already served 14 years."
The decision will ultimately be up to Gov. Bill Haslam. The hearing reportedly lasted three hours.
\u201cI just left the 3-hour clemency hearing of 30yo Cyntoia Brown. Parole board was split on decision. Two \u201cyes\u201d votes for time served and reducing her charge, two \u201cno\u201d votes, and two votes to grant her eligibility for parole in 2029 when she\u2019s served 25 years.\u201d— Briona Arradondo FOX13 (@Briona Arradondo FOX13) 1527100441
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In a report from News Channel 5, Brown's hearing began at 10 a.m. During the hearing, Brown will give her remarks first and then her attorneys will give a presentation for over an hour. The state parole board will then make a recommendation about whether to grant her clemency.
\u201cUPDATE: The clemency hearing for Cyntoia Brown is underway. Brown will give remarks first and then her attorneys will give a presentation for over an hour. https://t.co/4KqaKdCW3n\u201d— WSMV 4 Nashville (@WSMV 4 Nashville) 1527089820
This clemency hearing seems to be different from another one announced a few weeks ago. Previously, it was reported that the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had scheduled a June 14 court date for the case of 29-year-old Brown in front of a three-judge panel in Cincinnati. The hearing taking place today is instead happening in front of the state parole board.
Prior to this, Tennessee had rejected another appeal from Brown's team trying to challenge her conviction.
"A legal response filed Wednesday in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says a state court's rejection of Cyntoia Brown's appeal didn't contradict U.S. Supreme Court precedent about cruel and unusual punishment," the state wrote.
We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
Source: News Channel 5