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Board will hear Cyntoia Brown's request for clemency


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute will make her case for clemency in a hearing at a Tennessee prison.

The state's Board of Parole will make a recommendation sometime after the hearing Wednesday for Cyntoia Brown, but the decision will ultimately be up to Gov. Bill Haslam.

Celebrities including Kim Kardashian and singer Rihanna launched a social media campaign to free the now 30-year-old woman. Brown's lawyers have said she was a sex-trafficking victim who killed a man because she feared for her life. Prosecutors said she shot him and robbed him.

Celebrities are rallying behind Cyntoia Brown's decade-old case

Brown was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder. She must serve at least 51 years in prison before release.

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