FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file pool photo, Cyntoia Brown, a woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old girl, smiles at family members during her clemency hearing at Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn. Brown, championed by celebrities as a symbol of unfair sentencing, was released early Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, from the Tennessee Prison for Women, where she had been serving a life sentence for killing a man who had picked her up for sex at 16. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, Pool, File)

Cyntoia Brown is released from Tennessee women's prison

August 07, 2019 - 9:04 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown was released early Wednesday from the Tennessee Prison for Women, where she was serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute.

Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and other celebrities had lobbied for Brown's release. She was granted clemency in January by outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam.

Now 31, Brown will remain on parole for 10 years, on the condition she does not violate any state or federal laws, holds a job and participates in regular counseling sessions, Haslam's commutation says.

Brown released a statement Monday saying she wants to help other women and girls suffering sexual abuse and exploitation.

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