Tennessee Supreme Court Issues Ruling On Cyntoia Brown Case

 

The Tennessee Supreme Court has finally made a ruling in connection with Cynotoia Brown and her sentencing. Cynotoia was a teenager who was convicted of murder here in Nashville back in the 90s. When Brown was 16 years old at the time she was arrested and she was tried in court for first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree felony murder. She was sentenced to life in prison. 

Brown claimed that the murder was self-defense and was forced into prostitution. This story was heard world wide that celebrities including Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and more voiced their opinions on this. 

Brown appealed her sentence to the Sixth Circuit, who then sent the decision to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The court released this statement after Thursday's unanimous decision:

"Under state law, a life sentence is a determinate sentence of 60 years. However, the 60-year sentence can be reduced by up to 15 percent, or nine years, by earning various sentence credits. Therefore, the Supreme Court concluded that a defendant serving a life sentence for a first-degree murder committed on or after July 1, 1995, may be eligible for release after serving at least 51 years of the sentence."

Source: Fox 17

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