Monday, August 5, 2013

The Story of Cyntoia Brown: Sentenced to life in prison at the age of 16

Cyntoia Brown, pictured above, has served 9 years out of a life sentence she received at age 16. Today, she is 25 years old.

In 2006, 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown, who is now 25 years old, was sentenced to life in prison for a murder she committed as a juvenile. Throughout her childhood and teenage years she suffered a tremendous amount of abuse by a plethora of people from different aisles in her life; something which undoubtedly left her with a great deal of mental injury that is unlikely to be dealt with in a proper manner within the confines of a prison. It was this same psychological damage--of which its impacts on her brain and the relationships she formed with others she had no control over--combined with a drug-affected state of mind that eventually resulted in the impulsive actions that led to the death of Johnny Allen.

Born from a family with a history of mental illnesses and suicides, Cyntoia was adopted as an infant. Her biological mother worked as a prostitute to fund a drug habit, eventually ending up in jail. During her incarceration she often wrote Cyntoia, decorating her envelopes with colorful artwork and drawings of Disney characters; letters which her daughter never knew existed until she one day found them by chance, hidden among her adoptive mother's belongings. At the age of 13, Cyntoia ran away from her new home--which came with its own issues, including an abusive, alcoholic stepfather--by this time already exhibiting emotional problems and unpredictable behavior. As a teenager, she often engaged in fights with other students at school and made several trips to juvenile facilities. Finding herself attracted to older men, by the time she was sixteen she was living with 24-year-old drug dealer and armed robber Garion McGlothen, better known as Cut-throat, who began to beat her and force her into prostitution to support him financially after the brief enjoyable period of their relationship came to an end. Already a rape survivor before she met McGlothen, he regularly forced her into sexual intercourse with himself as well as others, often at gunpoint, and she once spoke of a violent episode during which he choked her until she passed out. "He would explain to me that some people were born whores, and that I was one, and I was a slut, and nobody'd want me but him, and the best thing I could do was just learn to be a good whore," she testified at a hearing last year. About seven months following her booking for the murder of Johnny Allen, she discovered McGlothen was fatally shot in a drug conflict.

Cyntoia in 2004, several weeks after she was arrested for the murder of Johnny Allen. In 2012, it was estimated that 2,500 inmates are serving life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles, at least 79 of whom were 14 years old or younger at the time.

In 2004, on a night in which McGlothen sent her out to bring him back money, Cyntoia was solicited for sex by 43-year-old real estate agent Johnny Allen, who one witness at Cyntoia's trial alleged had raped her in the past. Knowing the girl was a minor, Allen insisted on taking Cyntoia to his residence, where he bragged to her about his Army-backed marksmanship expertise and showed off his gun collection. Cyntoia, who remained high at the time from days of snorting cocaine, maintains that she refused his sexual advances, telling him she was tired and wanted to get some rest; upon which they moved to his bed. While she attempted to fall asleep, Allen would come in and out of the room multiple times, eventually undressing and laying down next to her naked. He began to make advances once more, which she refused again. This time, Cyntoia stated, he rolled over and, fearing he was reaching for a weapon to kill her--a presumption which was undoubtedly influenced by the drugs in her system--she grabbed the gun McGlothen had given her for protection and shot Allen. Following his death, scared to return to McGlothen empty-handed, she took from Allen's home a rifle and shotgun he had shown her earlier and fled the scene in his truck.

The next day, unsure whether Allen was alive or dead and failing to see any reports on the news of a murder, she eventually called 911 to inform them of his address, stating that a homicide had occurred there. But first, she got a ride from Richard Reed--whom she knew from her stay at a juvenile facility--to the Walmart where she had ditched Allen's truck, telling Reed that she would share the $50,000 she had stolen if he accompanied her back to the house; this money, however, nonexistent. After returning to Allen's truck and using his phone to call the residence--with no answer--Cyntoia returned home and, still not seeing anything on the news, dialed 911. She stated later that she felt uncomfortable with the idea of Allen's body being left alone at his house. When Reed and his roommate, Sam Humphrey, saw news reports on TV of the homicide the following night, they decided it would be safest to leave their residence until the day after. Humphrey later pointed detectives to the room where McGlothen and Cyntoia were staying. After law enforcement showed up and pinned McGlothen to the ground upon answering the door, a hysterical Cyntoia rushed outside and agreed to tell them everything, stressing that McGlothen had no involvement with the crime.

In 2006, she was tried in court as an adult and given the life sentence for committing first degree murder. She will not be eligible for parole until she is 67.

Cyntoia Brown reacts during a 2012 hearing in Nashville, Tennessee.

In the wake of the shameful outcome of the Trayvon Martin case, one wonders how a frightened teenager--abused and raped throughout her life and under the influence of drugs at the time of the murder--is made into a cold-blooded killer, while an adult man such as George Zimmerman, who had a history of domestic violence and was twice the size of the unarmed youth whose life he took, is made into the victim. Again, the question of race arises, and understandably so: if Cyntoia would have been a blonde-haired, blue-eyed white girl, would she still have received the maximum sentence for a mistake she made as a child?

As of 2012, about 2,500 inmates are serving life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles. At least 79 were 14 years old or younger at the time.

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Watch a detailed documentary on her story here.

59 comments:

  1. LOOK TO JESUS ALWAYS. GOD BLESS YOU CYNTOIA.

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  2. May God be with her.

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  3. They "murdered" Jesus...anyone in ameriKKKa that stands for "genuine" justice now matter what the act concludes to, will ALWAYS be considered guilty.

    Cyntoia's adoptive mother is full of it. She may have the courts fooled, but a person that IS NOT blinded by society's bull s**t, can see right through her. She's so guilty on how unethical she was as a adoptive mother and as she is as a person. I guess she loves to hear herself talk. When she speaks, I hear nothing but pure guilt. We as people may never learn the truth, but the way she did Cyntoia, will be justified through the grace of Jesus.

    It amazes me; The U.S./U.S.A was founded on theft,(STEALING land form the Native Americans), murder and rape of slaves, lies, money laundering, ect. These people have their freedom living everyday lives as law makers, politicians, police officers, DEA, pastors, school teachers, ect.

    Why can't Cyntoia live? When will she have time to live her life? When can she have her freedom? Suburban kids perform worse crimes than urban kids everyday. The only difference is that they have the resources to help them cover up their nasty acts.

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    1. You know I felt the same. But then I got to thinking, I can't judge her. Even if she is guilty (the adoptive mother) you can't change what she didn't do. Her not keeping Cyntoia in the house, knowing where she was, getting all up in her business. Then putting her on lock down if she wouldn't talk. If she did purposefully act oblivious, and now is just playing a role, God knows the truth. He knows it of all of us, and there is a price to be paid. But regardless Cyntoia loves her. She trusts her.

      But just as you said, this country was founded on evil, on strife, so everything is corrupted. With that said, she might not get her freedom until Christ return.

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    2. Wow guys.....i also saw through her phony adoptive mom too....

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    3. These are excellent points. You make me think more carefully about all this.

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    4. True, I saw through it as well. What a sad story, may god be with Cyntoia always.

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    5. Wow Timbo u know the whole story huh?

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    6. Poor girl I know of a case in Colo boy 15 beat a homeless man to death and cut off his head he is 28 and out did time in prison and was released 10 yrs later I wish you a new trial . First Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman got off but this young lady No justice this country has lost its way

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    7. Makes me so sad! There is no justice in this country

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    8. This story really touched my heart I feel for her its sad im goin to pray for her she is such a beautiful woman she took action in self defense smh life sentence life isn't fair when it comes to the system smh she will be in my prayers

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    9. I was looking at random stuff on the net and saw this video of a very young child who made a very traumatic life changing decision at a very young age. Lets not be nieve, we all need mommy and daddy still at 16. this never, ever had a "real mommy and daddy" so if you don't know how it feels to experience that real emotion of serious real family abandonment well you have no right to judge this young woman. I want to pray for this beautiful young woman. god please send you angels to her. send your angels to help make judges, lawyers and people involved to make the decision you would make. no one knows what happen in that room, only 2 people, 1 being a man whos passed and the other a child whos life was taken years prior. we don't know her future but we do know she is not dead or dying in prision. but her story lives out here. wanting to be heard. everything happens for a reason. please believe that. some advice i give myself and to others is " when the time comes, take the U and T and replace it with O and D when you have a "Gut feeling" because its really a "God feeling". god telling you something and wants you to listen. act on it because its not a "Gut" or Lucky feeling but god talking to you. I think she did some very wrong things but we have to remember that " when your point the finger there are four more pointing back." I agree with the Dr. when he says we should be able to throw a childs life away. she was a child being forced to do a lot of horrible adult things. Imagine the thoughts that run threw this beautiful womans mind. she deserves to be able to be released at an age she can still be able to have a life we all deserve. a chance to break the cycle.everything happens for a reason and her story is going to be heard. and only one can judge this woman. im sorry you have to experience this cyntoia. jesus Christ died for our sins and salvation. you cleansed of sin thru Christ our lord. prayers for you. your beautiful.....

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    10. i noticed the facade of her adaptive mom immediately. why did she never address the way that her husband was treating the girl? she kept saying why didnt she tell me, or feel comfortable talking to me but obviously if the woman allowed that man to abuse her like that in her home of course she is not going to feel comfortable talking about anything else. Generally, i wouldnt blame parents when children run away because they dont always have the most rational of reasons but you can tell she is supressing something below the surface. i wish there was more that i could do for Cyntoia's case.

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    11. I also saw right through the adoptive mother.

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  4. father I pray u soon free this angel love u from ohio

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    1. This angel? Really? She may deserve a lighter sentence, but she is anything but an angel!

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    2. Who Are You To Determine Who Anyone Is. If Your Name Is Not GOD Then SDFU

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    3. Ummm timbo u act like ur stupd a** ant never did nothin wrongg u cant tell nobody nothin about themsevlves just put ur self in her shoes she emotionaly damaged all she knew was men was gon hurt her what was u gon do if u thought he was gon hurt u so closr ur mouth if u dont know the buissness u jacka**

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    4. Timbo before you judge anyone, make sure you're perfect.

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  5. What is wrong with u people? She did the crime, cold blooded murder! If she didn't want to have sex with him she never should have went with him. I mean come on she was there by her own admission to have sex for money so she could support her sorry no good boyfriend! It never ceases to amaze me that after the crime is commited its oh poor me I'm just a baby and don't deserve to be tried as an adult, but when the decision is made to kill a human being instead of just walking away that person tskes on the responsiblity of an adult! This girl had been adopted by a desent family and she repays them by ruining her life as well as so many more. She had the opportunity to have a good life and she blew it and now she is paying for it! No need to let her out to do it again!

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    1. Please!!!! Do you know anything about prostitution? It's called forced prostitution. They threaten your life or your family. They get you addicted to drugs and alcohol and they get your self esteem so low that you don't know whether your coming or going. She didn't deserve life. She was 16 years old and she had dealt with so much in her life and then they locked her up and threw away the key. She will always be in my prayers.

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    2. Totally agree. Although what happens when you drug a prostitute, send her on the streets after abusing her with a gun? The fact that she kept protecting her pimp, in a way, makes her deserve all she got. Because other girl will suffer horrible fate because of her "admiration" for "bad boys". That's evil.

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    3. the same would have happened to you if you were in that same situation. Yeah she shouldn't have done what she done she was not smart about the situation and didn't no any better but so was that man. He knew that she was to young and he got himself into that situation. if he had just went home or just took her to the hotel like she wanted maybe he would still be alive

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    4. the poor guy was a straight pedophile.....she was a kid. what a bunch of bs....everyone in the KIDS life failed her....your comment is spoken like a true pedophile trick

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    5. What you just did is victim blaming which is a REAL problem. This wasn't a premeditated cold blooded murder it was a mentally unstable physically and emotionally abused lost young girl caught up in a bad way. And if you're going to make stupid assumptions such as "was adopted by a decent family" get your facts straight. Not every adoptive family is a God send. It's individuals like you who hand down life sentences to 16 year olds because you probably know nothing of the life she's lived. I bet you couldn't walk a mile in her shoes and survive. And I damn sure bet if you were in her position at that point in time you'd be singing a different tune. Before you start asking us decent human beings with the ability to see past the bullshit this society wants us to believe in, do you really have the right to point your fingers at anyone else? Get real.

      WATCH and understand http://twenty4sevenmagazine.com/?p=4158

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    6. Your response clearly lacks any type of compassion. There are many variables to consider here before labeling the girl a cold blooded murderer. She was under the influence of a drug at the time. assuming she had an addiction, thats cause for treatment not prison. if alcoholism is a protected "disease" or whatever now then she deserves some empathy. Genetically she suffered from more than 5 mental illnesses, and was reacting to what she perceived to be a dangerous situation, which psychologically is reasonable. Isnt that the same defense that dunn and zimmerman used when they killed 2 children (not the other way around); a perceived threat or danger? yes or no? and werent they given some sort of benefit of doubt? Her age as a factor or incomplete mental development, i wont really expand on too much beccause any adult should have a reasobable understanding of the lack of capacity that a child has. Especailly one who is only 15. If that isnt enough reason to at least show some compassion, then im convinved that you are just ignorant and hateful.

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    7. You really made some good points that I totally concur with......Anytime you used anonymous as your profile name, what does that says about your integrity.....Same mindset as the KKK who wore hoods and drape sheets around their bodies...I often wonder why they cover their bodies. Didn't Adam & Eve do the same thing after they sin.......But they must don't know that God can see through those sheets...This kind of injustice occurs mostly in the Jim Crow Southern states....

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  6. God bless you Angel <3 I don't believe you deserve to be in there. There is no justice in the justice system

    .theres a diffrence between fact and fiction truth has many sides
    right can be wrong within the law an justice never really abides
    the world may conspire against you and you wont know which way to turn
    so focus your goal and get through the hole
    coz victorys something you earn
    some people are put here to test you, they make you feel less then u are
    while others will show you some hope to be more then a shooting star.
    <3

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  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLyenhWOwg8 She killed a child molester while under the mental pressure of being abused by a second child molester! ------Representation would have maybe protected her credibility and also legal advice may have protected her from making the public pre-trial statements that she did, ( anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law ) The Truth is the only thing that can set her free now, The two child molesters in this case are said to be deceased now, meaning also not available for questioning, which means the details are now left up to her, so now with the history that has been made public about her biological family's past with documented mental situations, perhaps at this point she could attempt a retrial for temporary insanity: http://www.tncrimlaw.com/TPI_Crim/40_16_b.htm

    (1) [he] [she] had a severe mental disease or defect at the time that the

    acts constituting the crime were committed;

    and

    (2) that as a result of this severe mental disease or defect, [he] [she] was

    not able to understand what [he] [she] was doing, or to understand

    that what [he] [she] was doing was wrong.3

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  8. When a person commits a crime against a black person, the law is sluggish, inefficient, inept. When the victim is a white person, all of the law apply with 100% efficiency. If the victim was a black man, should would have been hero.

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  9. ariel bowman (bentongirl33@gmail.com)November 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    i signed the petition how else can i help.... I WANT TO WRITE HER AND SEND MONEY TO HELP HER

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    1. I feel ya.
      I use to live in that horrible place. It's awful. The soldiers are awful. Half of them need tobe rregistered offenders because that's what they are.

      I'm so tired of the adoptive mom talking! She didn't care nor do her job. There's no telling what the husband was doing. Smh.
      I bet they didn't mind spending the state's money.
      I wonder if they are really trying to free her or just using this as a scapegoat to be able to foster/adopt more kids. Hmph.

      They shouldn't be provided even the inkling of a hint at adopting or fostering anything.
      Nothing. Not even a stray cat or dog. Nothing.
      This is making me cry.

      ATXmom

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    2. Cyntoia Brown at
      #410593
      3881 Stewart's Lane
      Nashville, TN 37218

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  10. First, the Haters not Allowed thing should be removed. This is a public access site. Now, it seems to me her conviction and sentence were too harsh, given all the factors involved. She should be re-tried and given a lighter sentence.

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  11. FUCK JESUS , God wont do shit bout ur sentence DUMMY !

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    1. Agree.. god is an ignorant maggot scumbag piece of shit... he is also a figment of a weak souls imagination.

      Have a great chrissy apologist scumbags

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  12. this is fucked up for them to do this to her. look at all the shit she went thought its not right at all

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  13. this is crazy!!! because i knew the guy (her pimp) met his familyi didnt kno that side i just know he prays on young girls especially ones he think has no one that care. reading this im continously thank god cause it couldve been me ,i pray for this young woman

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    1. It wasn't her pimp. It was a guy that picked her up and took her back to his house to have sex with her, and he was going to give her money.

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    2. He was an unregistered uncaught sex offender!
      Who knows how many victims are suffering mentally or emotionally from his inhumane acts towards minors. Smh.
      Just sick. Real sick.
      He was the supposedly adult & should have behaved as such.

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  14. it bullshit how Cyntoia has recieved life. it was clearly self defense in my opinion. its crazy!! the man was a child rapist does anybody notice this. yes it is unforunate that he lost his life. However he picked up a 16 year old girl with the intentions to have sex with her and nobody see's anything wrong with this. all the attorney could do was blame her..i disagree with this injustice bullshit. its crazy how a a 16-year-old white male was sentenced Fort Worth juvenile court to 10 years of probation for killing four people not one or two but four people after he confessed to intoxication manslaughter in the June 15 crash on a rural road. How the hell is this justice the hell does this happen. Their blaming the childs “affluenza,” as the reason but Cyntoia cant get a retrial even though Richard Adler, a clinical and forensic psychiatrist, who also testified on Tuesday, suggested that Brown's erratic behavior could be explained by her birth mother's abuse of alcohol while she was pregnant with Brown. He and other experts have diagnosed Brown as suffering from alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder — a type of fetal alcohol syndrome disorder that he characterized as a "severe mental disease and defect." Bullshit if she had the right colored skin she would have been fine.

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  15. ~A nurturing mother recognizes another, and this adoptive's mom "supposedly nuturing" is looking unfamiliar~ (Riley, Boondocks, unfamiliar game)
    ATXmom

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  16. Please how can we help or start something to help this be more public and get her a new trial? This is just not right giving all of the circumstances, I don't think that her defense was presented properly. This has to get back in the courtroom and soon.

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  17. I have watched her documentary and now find myself wanting to know more about Cyntoia, and have come to the following conclusions
    1. She never denied her actions
    2. Cyntoia never used her past as a excuse
    3. She killed a adult who took her home with the intent of hurting her for pleasure

    She was a prostitute taking drugs, did the system forget she was 16?? did the system not recognize that this was the failure of the system that is meant to protect our children. For me personally Cyntoia never had family or even adopted family because if she did, where were they??

    So did the system sentence her as a adult because like myself, prior to her killing a man we never heard of "Cyntoia Brown" and if they did not sentence her as a adult we would now be reflecting this child upon the child services of the state and their neglect like many on where children are left to raise themselves and incidents like this can be accounted for rather than us trying to fathom the mind of a child.
    Get this back to court

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  18. Ms. Cyntoia Brown, #410593
    MLCC-D South, Lower 2
    Mark H. Luttrell Correctional Center
    6000 State Road
    Memphis, Tennessee 38134

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  19. It is a shame. Those two cops should kill themselves for criminalizing a baby. They should have, at least, got her mother before they questioned her. I am well aware that her innocence had long been stolen prior to the cops entry, but their first duty, as police. is to protect those who are unable to protect themselves.

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  20. Tears don't come easy to me but this made my eyes wet.

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  21. As someone who was acquainted with Cyntoia, she made my life a living hell for years with constant bullying, both physical and verbal, and did this to others her age right up until she killed a man. I watched her assault her teachers with books and other objects. I have seen her jump people from behind and start beating them for no other reason than they irritated her. She seemed to enjoy causing pain to others at the time. I believe her to be both intelligent and manipulative. Do not think for one second that just because she was only 16 that she did not know exactly what she was doing.

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    1. Regardless of whether or not she knew what she was doing, she still didnt deserve life. Instead of a life prison sentence, she needs help. I dont know if ur happy she got what she got, but I think u should forgive her for what she did to u & just pray for her. She needs all the prayers she can get.

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  22. It amazes me how the system pick and choose who they want to sentence or make and example out of. The lesson here is, why a grown man took an under age girl to his place or motel? What were his intentions? What was the meaning of him so many guns? never the less , this is a lesson for pedophiles , attended rapers , children’s think as victims and reacts in fear at the thought of being crossed or placed in predicament ,as simple as a change in tempiture or music playing. Reaching sideways, I can see he reaction thinking that man was going to do her harm. I may have done the same. I wanted the money but I wasn’t going to get killed over it. The talk of guns and how he can shoot set the mood. When the transaction was over and reality kicked in when he reached for his gun. OH Shit would have been anyone words this man was not going to pay her or let her leave and probably was going to stuff her in the basement .A women knows this , a women knows what this man intentions was , this grown man knew he was going to do something to this child , this man had issues. Cyntoias words did not change from the time the video played, she admitted what she was doing, it all seems as a logical reaction .She knew she was there to put out for a place to stay and to get some money and she could of said anything else like he beat her up, tried to rape her, or said he was going to kill her or kidnapped her but she didn’t in that wordage. THE TRUTH SUCKS SOMETIMES, be strong and hold on .For the jury, May god has mercy on your soul the day you faces the real judge. Help this child who is now women, do not destroy her sanity. At the time of this ordeal, this child should have been place to where she could get counseling for abused children’s. Again, being violated by grown people ,not helping her when she could not make the right decision for herself. America, come on now. No one wants there child to be in this spot .My heart goes out to you Cynt..

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  23. God Almighty will see you through as always. Pray, pray and pray. Stay strong

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  26. I look at it this way, if he would have had that minor in his house, it would have never happened. He was committing a crime by having sex with a minor. He put his self in that situation. They say if you do wrong, wrong will follow. I'm not saying he deserved to die, no one deserves to die that way. But I don't think she deserve to be locked up forever. I think she has been locked up long enough. From what she went through and how she was raised, she did not know any better. I am praying that she be set free. God in Jesus name, please hear her cry. Answer her prayer, Dear Lord please let them set her free. In Jesus name I pray for her. I feel she has learned and grew up to be a better person. She deserves another chance.

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  27. Anyone who is without sin...cast the first stone. Did she do the crime? Yes. Should she be punished for it? Absolutely. Wrong is wrong. BUT A LIFE SENTENCE AT 16? And 1st degree murder at that? 1st degree means it was "premeditated." I'm sure she didn't plan on killing that man that night, Anyone in that situation, would have reacted the same way. No one is saying anything about the 43 year old pedophile that preyed on her...she was a very broken girl from the start...no one helped her...and unfortunately her way of helping herself got her in her current situation. Maturity is the ability to respond to the environment in an appropriate manner...killing the man was an inappropriate manner obviously because she was an immature 16 year old. Have a heart people. No sin is greater than the other. All have fallen short...this young lady deserves a second chance.

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