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Freedom Rings! Cyntoia Brown Graduating From College Ahead Of Prison Release

Cyntoia Brown Release Prison College Degree
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Jan. 7 2019, Updated 7:41 p.m. ET

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Sex-trafficked teen killer Cyntoia Brown will graduate from college before she is released from prison in August 2019, her attorney exclusively told

At just 16 years old, Brown was a victim of sex-trafficking when real estate agent Jimmy Allen picked her up and brought her to his home. During the sexual encounter, Brown killed Allen and was later convicted of his murder.

Brown was sentenced to 51 years to life in prison, but on Monday, January 7, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam granted her clemency.

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On the heels of the life-changing news, Brown’s attorney, J. Houston Gordon, told about Brown's “metamorphosis” behind bars, where she has been since 2004.

He described Brown as a woman “who has made the most dramatic transformation showing rehabilitation, showing her change from who she was to who she is. An unbelievable woman who has a great future.”

Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, LeBron James and Amy Schumer rallied for support to get Brown released. Gordon told that his client has transformed into a “model prisoner" since her conviction.

“What put her there was a horrible event and she lives with that every day. She has shown that she is no longer the 16-year-old child she was who had a life of bad experiences. She has turned into more than a model prisoner. She is a wonderful student," said the attorney.

Plus, Gordon revealed his client is close to achieving a college degree behind bars.

“She is finishing her bachelor’s degree by May of this year,” Gordon said of her achievement.

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Brown previously earned her GED behind bars. She will receive her college degree from Lipscomb University.

Gordon told that Brown plans to settle down when she is released in August.

“Certainly, she will have a home, she will be able to work, and she will give back to society. What she did is a horrible thing and she’s admitted that," said the attorney. "But we shouldn’t be putting 16-year-old children in jail and locking them up for 51 years.”

Gordon said they were appreciative of the celebrity attention brought to the case but added that his team never sought it out.

“The Governor and his legal team met with us several times. He recognized what a transformation has taken place," said Gordon.

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