In 2004, Brown stepped into Johnny Mitchell Allen’s pickup truck after the 43-year-old Nashville real estate agent solicited her for sex. They drove to his home, went into his bed and soon after, Brown shot him in the back of the head with a .40-caliber handgun as he lay naked beside her.
She was sentenced in 2006 to life in prison without much of her tragic backstory being told. She’d been forced into prostitution by her pimp-boyfriend, “Cut-throat,” and was beaten, raped and choked on a regular basis. Under Tennessee law, Brown’s case would be re-examined after she serves 51 years in prison—in other words, she wouldn’t even be considered for parole until she’s in her late 60s. But a recent Supreme Court decision could change that.
The decision banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for offenders under the age of 18 across the nation. But Brown didn’t qualify because she does have a chance at parole—when she’s 69 years old, which many say could be a violation of the ruling.
A petition has been created to free Brown from prison via MoveOn Petitions. If enough signatures are accumulated, it will be delivered to the U.S. Congress.