Kim Kardashian is making headway in prison reform and is now celebrating her latest success after playing a major role in getting clemency granted for Cyntoia Brown. The inmate was just 16 years old when she shot and killed Johnny Mitchell Allen, 43, who hired her to have sex. In court, the Tennessee teenager claimed that Brown had showed her guns before sex, and she believed he was reaching underneath his bed for a gun so she shot him with a .40 caliber handgun she had in her bag. But despite pleading self defense, the jury found her guilty of first-degree murder, premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder and aggravated robbery – for which she was sentenced to life in prison. However, she’s now set to be released from the Tennessee Prison for Women on 7 August, after Kim recruited her attorney Shawn Holley to help on the case.
Sharing the news with her followers, the reality star tweeted: ‘Thank you Governor Haslam,’ under a post which read: ‘Gov. Haslam grants executive clemency to inmate Cyntoia Brown.’ Cyntoia released a statement following the news on Monday, which read: ‘I am thankful for all the support, prayers, and encouragement I have received. ‘I am thankful to my lawyers and their staffs, and all the others who, for the last decade have freely given their time and expertise to help me get to this day. I love all of you and will be forever grateful. ‘With God’s help, I am committed to live the rest of my life helping others, especially young people. My hope is to help other young girls avoid ending up where I have been.’
Back in 2017, the the case was brought to the 38-year-old’s attention when a post on Twitter regarding Cyntoia went viral.