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#FreeCyn­toiaBrown: Gov. Bill Haslem granted clemency this week to Cyn­toia Brown, com­mut­ing her life sen­tence for killing a man who had hired her for sex when she was a 16-year-old traf­fick­ing vic­tim. Brown’s case at­tracted na­tional at­ten­tion, fu­eled by a 2010 PBS doc­u­men­tary and sup­port from celebri­ties such as Ri­hanna and Kim Kardashian. Now 30, Brown will be re­leased from prison in Au­gust. Brown ran away from her adopted fam­ily as a teen and lived with a pimp who raped and abused her while forc­ing her to work as a pros­ti­tute, her attorney said. In 2004, she was picked up and taken to the home of Johnny Allen, 43. She killed Allen with a hand­gun she car­ried in her purse. Brown has said she be­lieved he was reach­ing for a gun, while prose­cu­tors con­tended Allen was most likely asleep when he was shot. “I will do ev­ery­thing I can to jus­tify your faith in me,” Brown said in a state­ment thank­ing Haslem.

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