The case of Cyntoia Brown, a 29-year-old serving life for murder has recently come under the spotlight again.
Brown was sentenced to life in prison after killing 43-year-old Johnny Allen in 2004 aged just 16. The teen endured a rocky childhood and after running away was forced into prostitution. When taken to Allen’s house to perform sexual acts, she was unnerved by the guns as well as his army training, and feared they would be used against her as demonstrated in the quote below provided by Fox17.
“He was a sharp shooter in the Army. I’m sitting here thinking if he does something, what am I going to do?” – Cyntonia
Since then, attention has since refocused on her after a post from Rihanna. The post reignited support for her from celebrities such as Kim Kardashian-West and brought her case back under the spotlight.
People supporting Brown’s release look at her case through the terror and abuse she endured while being subjected to sex-trafficking. They also bring attention to the prenatal damage done to Brown through alcohol use. Her alcohol-related neuro-development disorder may have had an effect on her unstable behaviour. People also have questioned the decision to try her as an adult.
People opposed make mention of the fact she left his house with a couple of his guns, his truck and trousers that included a wallet. It also appeared that Allen had been found in a sleep-like position by authorities. This suggests he may have been asleep when he was shot and makes Brown’s claim it was done in self-defence murky, (as previously mentioned, Brown was made nervous by Allen’s gun collection and training and was scared he would pull a gun on her).
In 2011 a documentary was made about Cyntoia Brown and her case and is available on Youtube.