Cyntoia Brown who was arrested back in 2006 for murdering a Nashville Estate Agent when she was 16 years old has just received good news almost 15 years after the 2004 murder.

The now 30 years old, Cyntoia, who was a child sex-trafficking victim at the time of the murder, vividly explained in a 2011 documentary focused on her conviction that she murdered 43 year-old Johnny Allen in his home out of self defense. Cyntoia recalls the events that lead up to the murder starting with Johnny agreeing to pay her $150 to have sex and drove her to his home. She said that once at Allen’s home, he groped her roughly and then rolled over to reach the side of the bed. Brown expressed that she feared he was going to get a gun so she shot him. Prosecutors at the time alleged that she killed the victim as he was sleeping, and stole his money, guns and lorry before fleeing the scene. They claimed that she was motivated by greed, but her defense lawyers argued that she was afraid of returning home empty-handed to her violent pimp, who went by the nickname Kutthroat.

After entering a plea of self-defense, a jury found her guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder and aggravated robbery. In a statement on Monday, the state’s Republican governor said he had ordered that Brown be released to parole supervision on 7 August this year. “Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16,” the statement said. “Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms Brown has taken to rebuild her life. “Transformation should be accompanied by hope.” Nashville Mayor David Briley called the decision a “great day for social justice and our city”. Brown, who has earned an associate degree while in prison, said she would do everything to justify Governor Haslam’s faith in her. “I am thankful for all the support, prayers and encouragement I have received,” she said in a statement. “We truly serve a God of second chances and new beginnings. The Lord has held my hand this whole time and I would never have made it without Him.” She will be eligible for release on 7 August, after serving 15 years behind bars.