Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Teen killer's story inspires push to change Tennessee law

When she was just 16, Cyntoia Brown climbed into a pickup truck on Murfreesboro Pike with a stranger, drove to his home, got into his bed -- then shot him in the back of the head with a .40-caliber handgun as he lay naked beside her.Brown has never denied her crime. She has said that she was forced into prostitution by a violent boyfriend. She believed the man who picked her up was reaching for his gun when she killed him.
A Supreme Court ruling on mandatory review of life sentences for juveniles has had no impact on Tennessee. That's because state law already includes a mandatory review after 51 years, a period advocates call "a virtual life sentence."


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