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After 15 years behind bars, Cyntoia Brown is free

(Photo: Daniel H. Birman Productions: "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story")

Cyntoia Brown is free.

It's been 15 years to the day since those words were true. Brown spent a decade and a half behind bars on charges of murder and robbery, but was granted clemency from former Gov. Bill Haslam.

Brown, now Brown-Long, was recently married, according to her attorney.

Brown says she was a sex trafficking victim when she killed Nashville real estate agent Johnny Allen in 2004.

Facing life behind bars, Brown worked to earn a degree and fought for her freedom. After a nationwide plea to #FreeCyntoiaBrown, Gov. Haslam granted her clemency in January.

WZTV has been extensively investigating Brown's road to freedom.

In 2017, FOX 17 News aired an investigative report by Anchor Stacy Case. With the help of Daniel H. Birman Productions, Case was able to take viewers inside the walls of a Tennessee woman's prison and Brown's fight for freedom.

Brown requested privacy Wednesday when she's released, but has this statement reading in part: “While first giving honor to God who made all of this possible, I would also like to thank my many supporters who have spoken on my behalf and prayed for me. I'm blessed to have a very supportive family and friends to support me in the days to come."

Cyntoia's release will not be the final chapter. She already has a Netflix special and a book deal in the works and tells her lawyers that she's looking forward to helping others.

Brown will release a book about her experience this fall. "Free Cyntoia" will be published Oct. 15.

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