Cyntoia Brown Long was convicted of the murder and robbery of Johnny Michael Allen in 2004. Brown claimed that Allen had paid her USD 150 to have sex with him, and that she feared for her life during their encounter, leading her to shoot him. After renewed interest in her case in 2017, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam commuted her original sentence to 15 years and Brown was released on August 7, 2019. Her story is detailed in the 2011 documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoian’s Story.
About Cyntoia Brown in brief
Cyntoia Brown Long was convicted of the murder and robbery of Johnny Michael Allen in 2004. Brown claimed that Allen had paid her USD 150 to have sex with him, and that she feared for her life during their encounter, leading her to shoot him. Her story is detailed in the 2011 documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoian’s Story and in her memoir, Free CyntOia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System. After renewed interest in her case in 2017, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam commuted her original sentence to 15 years and Brown was released on August 7, 2019. Her fight for freedom from prison is documented in the Netflix special Murder to Mercy: The Cynteia Brown Story. She was born at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on January 29, 1988. Her father is unknown. Her biological mother, Georgina Mitchell, drank alcohol during her pregnancy. Following Brown’s birth, Mitchell began to use crack cocaine. Unable to care for her infant daughter, Mitchell placed the child up for adoption. She spent time with the state’s Department of Children’s Services between April 2001 and September 2003 after committing crimes against a person, and crimes against property. While a runaway, Brown met Garion L. McGlothen, who began trafficking Brown. Brown supported Mc Glothen and herself via involuntary prostitution as a victim of domestic minor sex trafficking. She fled these facilities several times, eventually ending up as a runaway on the streets of Nashville in August 2004.
At some point during the encounter, Brown shot Allen in the back of the head using her. 40-caliber handgun. She then stole USD 172 from Allen’s wallet and two of his firearms and fled the scene in Allen’s truck. Brown was found guilty of robbing and murdering Allen and sentenced to life imprisonment. She would have been eligible for parole at the age of 67. Brown’s defense attorneys would later claim that this caused her to develop fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Brown later wrote a letter asking Governor Haslam to deny cleency to her. She later wrote that she had left her neighbor to drive her back to Allen’s house so that she could steal more items but he refused. The detective in the case of Allen’s murder asserted that Brown told the detective that she shot somebody in the head for fifty thousand dollars and blew his brains out the last night. In a later hearing, Brown testified that she agreed to having sex with Allen for USD 150, but claimed that they never actually engaged in sexual intercourse. In later hearings, Brown said that she would like to return to the witness stand to give evidence against Allen, but that she was too busy with other people to do so. In August 2007, police found Brown at the nearby Walmart parking lot and flagged down an SUV for a ride home. Police later found Brown and Mcglothen at the InTown Suites hotel and later later later at a nearby Walmart lot and later at the local police station.