On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, sex-trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown, now 31 was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women in northwest Nashville after being convicted of first-degree murder in 2004 at age 16.
While asking for financial help was not Cyntoia's intent or interest, to help jump-start her new life while on parole for the next 10 years, a GoFundMe 'Second Chance Fund' is available for those that would like to financially contribute.
To ensure all donations are protected and securely placed into a trust fund established for Cyntoia's use and direction, her representatives, Nashville based firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC are managing the GoFundMe financial contributions to ensure all funds are withdrawn securely and placed into a trust fund.
Cyntoia appreciates your support and is continuing to focus her efforts on finishing her Bachelor's degree from Lipscomb University and her upcoming book.
Cyntonia was convicted of the murder and robbery of Johnny Michael Allen. Brown said that Allen had paid her $150 to have sex with him, and that she feared for her life during their encounter, leading her to shoot him. Prosecutors argued that Brown killed Allen in order to rob him. Brown was found guilty and sentenced to 51 years to life. After renewed interest in her case in 2018, the governor of Tennessee commuted her original sentence to 15 years, scheduling her for release on August 7, 2019. Her story is detailed in the 2011 documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story.