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FREE AT LAST! Sex Trafficking Victim Cyntoia Brown RELEASED From Prison After Serving 15 Years

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She's finally free! Sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown - who killed a man that bought her at age 16 - has been released from prison after serving 15 years. Celebrate inside...

Sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown is finally a free woman after serving 15 years in prison.  She has been in jail for over HALF of her life. She will remain on parole for 10 years.

The 31-year-old was released early this morning from the Tennessee Prison for Women after former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted her clemency eight months ago. He may have waited until he was almost out of office to do it, but it was done.

In 2004, 16-year-old Brown fatally shot 43-year-old real estate agent Johnny Allen, a stranger who allegedly picked her up at a Nashville Sonic. According to Cyntoia, he solicited her for sex and then took her back to his house. Fearful that he was going to kill her, she shot him in the head while he was sleeping. She told investigators that she was forced into prostitution and was being sex-trafficked by a pimp named "Cut-Throat."

At only 16 years old, she was tried as an adult, found guilty, and handed a life sentence. What a damn shame!

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Now that she’s has her life back, Brown plans to work Tennessee's Juvenile Justice System to help counsel young people at risk. In spite of being railroaded by the system, Brown modeled inmate during her incarceration.

Brown released a statement days before her official release, thanking the Governor and First Lady for believing in her. 

“I thank Governor and First Lady Haslam for their vote of confidence in me and with the Lord’s help I will make them as well as the rest of my supporters proud,” she wrote.

Prosecutor Preston Shipp in the case - who taught a class Cyntoia was taking in prison - praised her release:

Johnny Allen's family released a statement following Brown's release and they're not happy about it.

"We are at a loss for words. We feel like the judicial system has failed again for victims everywhere...Our hearts are broken because we feel like Johnny never got to defend himself. We neve got to be a voice for him..."

Through her fight, Brown has received support from many celebrities who rallied for her release, including Rihanna, LeBron James, and Kim Kardashian West. Several celebs took to Instagram to rejoice after she was granted clemency, including Meek Mill, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett Smith and T.I.

Last month, Netflix announced it had acquired Cyntoia Brown’s life rights and a feature film is in the works with Daniel Birman directing. Birman directed "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story," a riveting documentary that helped bring awareness to Brown’s case.

We wish Cyntoia all the best on the journey to get her life back!

Photos: AP Photo

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