The governor of Tennessee announced Monday that he has granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown, who was sentenced to life in prison for the 2004 murder of a 43-year-old man who had solicited her for sex when she was 16 years old.

In December, after the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that Brown must serve her life imprisonment, Governor Bill Haslam announced he would weigh commuting the sentence for Brown before he left office in mid-January; Bill Lee, the governor-elect in Tennessee, assumes office on January 19th.

“This decision comes after careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case,” Haslam said Monday in a statement announcing the executive clemency.


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