The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled a June 14 court date for the case of 29-year-old Brown in front of a three-judge panel in Cincinnati, according to a report from Fox17 Nashville. Attorneys representing Brown hope to challenge her life sentence without parole, arguing that she feared for her life when she killed a man who solicited her for sex as a teen. However, prosecutors argue that she killed the man to rob him.
Previously, 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 previously.
Shortly after that, a prosecutor who defended Brown’s sentencing said that she wanted to kill and take her abuser’s stuff.
“I think she did what she wanted to do and unfortunately on this night what she wanted to do was kill him and take his stuff,” Jeff Burks said previously.
When asked if he was in favor of her sentence being commuted Burks responded:
“Well, that’s for the people of the state to decide. I don’t live in the state anymore, so I don’t really have an issue to weigh in there. I’m vocal about what the facts of the case were,not necessarily what the punishment should be. I think it’s a very good question what sentence a person this young should serve there are reasonable arguments on either side of that.”
Source: Fox17 Nashville