Cyntoia Brown is an American non-fiction author and speaker. Cyntoia Brown is a sex trafficking advocate and the subject of the 2020 Netflix documentary Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story.
Cyntoia Brown was born on January 29, 1988 at Fort Campbell, Tennessee, Kentucky, United States. she is 33 years old and is under the zodiac sign Aquarius. She holds American citizenship. Her mother’s name is Georgina Mitchell, but her father’s name is still unknown. Information about her siblings, grandparents, cousins and other relatives is also not available until now.
Likewise, her mother drank alcohol during her pregnancy, causing Cyntoia to develop fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Later, her mother started using crack cocaine and couldn’t take care of her young daughter, so she put the child up for adoption.
Additionally, Cyntoia was raised in a loving home, but she began having encounters with the juvenile court system. The police arrested her for crimes against a person and property. During this time, she even fled from these facilities several times. At the time of her escape, she was able to meet Garion L. McGlothen, who began trading Brown.
She lived in an InTown Suites hotel and supported McGlothen and herself through involuntary prostitution as victims of domestic underage sex trafficking. She also stated that McGlothen threatened, hit and raped her on numerous occasions.
Murder of Johnny Allen
Cyntoia Brown met Johnny Michael Allen on August 6, 2004 at the age of 16 in the parking lot of a Sonic Drive-In on Murfreesboro Road in Nashville, Tennessee. Allen was a real estate agent, youth pastor, and Sunday school teacher, and had started a homeless ministry at a local Baptist church. They both eventually went to Allen’s home when Cyntoia agreed to have sex with him for $150.
She also shot Allen in the back of the head with a .40 caliber handgun during the encounter. Brown then stole $172 from Allen’s wallet and two of his firearms and fled the scene in Allen’s truck. Police later found Brown and McGlothen at the nearby InTown Suites.
In addition, the police arrested her and charged her with murder, aggravated robbery, possession of a handgun and criminal identity theft. And although she was only 16, she was tried as an adult. And she has never denied shooting Allen, arguing that the act was done in self-defense. However, prosecutors took the stance that Brown had not been in danger and that she had murdered Allen while he was sleeping naked in bed in order to rob him. And even the evidence presented by the prosecution was against Brown’s statements.
Her case worsened when she was taken to the Western Mental Health Institute for evaluation. At the institute, she allegedly attacked and threatened a mental health institute nurse after the nurse refused to allow her to call her adoptive mother.
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In addition, her inmates testified in court that Brown confessed to killing Allen. The defensive stance was that she was defending herself against sexual assault when she killed Allen. She was even able to present several witnesses for herself during the trial.
After all the trials, evidence and witnesses, the court found her guilty of first degree murder, aggravated murder and aggravated robbery and sentenced her to life imprisonment. She was then able to serve her sentence at the Tennessee Prison for Women, a maximum security facility in Nashville, Tennessee, and based on her original sentence, she would have been eligible for parole at age 67.
Likewise, Cyntoia was able to earn her GED in March 2005 with a score of 656, an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts with a GPA of 4.0 in December 2015 from Lipscomb University. And also Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership with a GPA of 4.0 in May 2019 from Lipscomb University. There is also a Netflix Original documentary about her life, Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story.
After her case and documentary went viral, a surge of support resurfaced, encouraging Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to grant clemency to Brown. Letters and phone calls also flooded the governor’s office and social media. On January 7, 2019, Haslam commuted her life sentence to 15 years plus 10 years of supervised probation. She was then released from prison on August 7, 2019.
After her release
After her release from prison, Cyntoia Brown conducted numerous interviews sharing her insights and criticisms of the criminal justice system. She has also been the keynote speaker for various groups across the country, sharing her testimony on surviving the domestic underage sex trade and her experience of the criminal justice system. She is universally popular as an advocate and activist. Likewise, on October 15, 2019, Atria Books published a memoir of her 15 years in prison, Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System.
Cyntoia Brown married musicians and entrepreneurs Jaime Long while she was still in prison. Jaime Long is CEO of JFAM Music, Inc. and co-owner of a Texas healthcare company that traded under the J. Long name. He was also formerly associated with the R&B group Pretty Ricky.
In addition, Cyntoia founded a charitable organization together with her husband after their release. And the Justice, Liberty and Mercy Foundation goes by the name of The JFAM Foundation. It aims to empower individuals who are at risk of being exploited or implicated in the criminal justice system.
Cyntoia Brown has one height of 5 feet 5 inches and her weight is 62 kg. Likewise, Brown’s other body measurements like chest, waist, and hips are 34-26-36 inches, respectively. Also, Cyntoia has dark brown eyes and dark brown hair.
Social Media and Wealth
Cyntoia Brown owns her personal social accounts. She owns one Instagram Account under the name “cyntoiabrownofficial” and has accumulated 332,000 followers so far. Likewise, she is also active on Twitter and Facebook and has amassed 26.8k and 118k followers respectively.
According to gossipbiography, Cyntoia Brown a net worth of $150,000 and her main source of income is her business, which she founded with her husband.