WEB EXTRA: Clemency has a nice ring to it for Cyntoia Brown-Long

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown walked out of a Tennessee prison Wednesday a married woman.

Brown had served 15 years of a life sentence for killing a man who had bought the then 16-year-old for sex and reportedly met Christian Hip Hop artist, J. Long, also known as Jamie Long, before her release.

National media attention was drawn to Brown after then Governor Bill Haslam granted Brown clemency after serving 15 years of a life sentence for the 2004 murder of a Nashville real estate agent who bought her for sex when she was 16 years old.

Attorneys for Brown would only confirm her marriage, telling Local 24 News they are looking forward to Brown telling her story in her upcoming book due for release in mid-October entitled “Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System.”

Brown’s book is expected to offer some insight into how the two met while Brown was in the Tennessee Prison for Women where inmates are denied conjugal visits. Granting of clemency and marriage not only marks major life changes for Brown. The transition to Christian rap is a career reinvention for Long, formerly a member of the R&B group Pretty Ricky, and his second marriage.

Long is formerly married to Pam Long, one-third of the 90’s Bad Boy girl group Total. A Netflix production is in the works by filmmaker Dan Birman who said in a statement: “We are pleased to be working with Netflix on a feature documentary about Cyntoia Brown. The new film builds on what we learned over the past 15 years during her fight for freedom and the events leading to her receiving clemency. We expect to complete it by the end of this year and for it to appear on Netflix during the early part of 2020.”

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