A Tennessee woman who was imprisoned at the age of 16, for killing a man has been released.
Cyntoia Brown agreed to killing 43 year old Johnny Mitchell Allen in 2004 , who had paid her for sex. Brown said she shot Mitchell when he saw him reaching out for something that looked like a gun.
By that time, Brown had eloped with her 24 year old boyfriend, whom she says forced her into prostitution.
Brown, now 31, was supposed to be imprisoned for life. However, her conduct during her time in prison, won the hearts of the prosecutors.
While in prison, Brown earned a General Education Development (GED) certificate equivalent to a high school certificate. She also graduated with an associate degree with a GPA of 4.0.
More to that, she mentored fellow inmates and advocated for their rights.
Various celebrities championed for her release including Kim Kardashian, Meek Mill, LeBron James, Amy Schumer, Drake, Rihanna and Alyssa Milano.
A documentary was even made in 2011 called “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story,” about Brown’s life in prison.
Brown will now be on parole for the next 10 years.
She has vowed to use the rest of her life serving people.
“My hope is to help other young girls avoid ending up where I have been,” Brown told NBC News.