Garion McGlothen was Cyntoia Brown’s pimp. He died in 2005 at the age of 24.
On August 7, Brown was released from prison at the age of 31 after serving 15 years of a life sentence for the murder of Johnny Michael Allen. Brown was 16 years old when she shot-and-killed Allen, 43, in 2004. Brown told authorities that she had gone to Allen’s home to have sex with him after he had paid her $150.
Her case became a cause celebre, partly on the strength of the 2011 documentary, “My Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story.” Brown and her supporters had long maintained that she had killed Allen in an act of self-defense.
In January 2019, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced that Brown’s sentence would be commuted. Haslam said at the time, “After careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case” and further stated that “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.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. McGlothen Was Shot-and-Killed by Quartez Hines in March 2005
McGlothen went by the moniker Kut-Throat.” Brown said during her trial that she referred to McGlothen as “Kut.” In March 2005, McGlothen was shot dead by a man named Quartez Hines. The killing was described as being gang-related.
2. Brown Met McGlothen While She Was Living on the Streets of Nashville
At the time of the shooting of Allen, Brown had been living with McGlothen inside of an In-Town Suites hotel in Nashville. The couple had been living together for three weeks prior to the shooting of Allen. Brown said that during that time, McGlothen regularly sexually and physically abused her.
A February 2011 feature by Nashville Scene on prostitution in the area detailed that Brown and McGlothen’s initial relationship “had been fun.” The pair had consensual sex and took cocaine together.
3. McGlothen & Brown Were Together When She Was Arrested for Killing Allen
Brown said during her trial that McGlothen had forced to go out to solicit sex on the night of Allen’s shooting. It was alleged that McGlothen had beaten Brown and told her go out and “make him soome money.” Brown was in a fast-food parking lot when she encountered Allen and agreed to have sex with him for $150.
4. Brown Said She Had Been Forced Into Prostitution by McGlothen
During her trial for the murder of Allen, Brown said that McGlothen had forced her into prostitution. Despite this, Brown rejected the term “sex slave,” according to an article on her case by The Appeal.
5. Cyntoia Brown’s Fans Are Rejoicing Online Following News of Her Release
As news of Brown’s arrest spread online, her supporters have taken to social media to rejoice. Since her arrest became a trending issue again in 2017, Brown has counted Rihanna and LeBron James among her more famous supporters.
According to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, Brown’s release is conditional on her “Compliance with an approved release plan,” as well as maintaining employment, attending counseling and conducting community service.
Here are some of the most passionate responses that Brown’s case has elicited: