Cyntoia Brown, a Tennessee women who was initially convicted as a child for killing the man who was pimping her, was granted clemency Monday by Gov. Bill Haslam.
Cyntoia was granted a full commutation to parole and will be eligible for release in 2019 and will serve 10 on parole.
Brown thanked the governor and her supporters in a statement released Monday by her attorneys.
“Thank you, Governor Haslam, for your act of mercy in giving me a second chance,” Brown said. “I will do everything I can to justify your faith in me.”
Brown said she is grateful for the support, prayers, and encouragement she has received, including from Tennessee Department of Corrections officials.
Her case became a national rallying point for criminal justice reform and awareness about the toll of human trafficking. Several dozen supporters of Brown attended a rally Saturday in Nashville, pleading for her clemency from Haslam, who leaves office Jan. 19.
Brown, now 30, was tried as an adult in 2006 and imprisoned in Tennessee following her trial and life sentence for the death of Johnny Mitchell Allen, who paid Brown for sex. She was also convicted of aggravated robbery.