Sarah’s News Roundup 01.12.19

Cyntoia Denise Brown
Cyntoia Denise Brown, the woman serving a life sentence for killing a man who bought her for sex when she was only 16 years old, has been granted clemency by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Ms Brown was picked up by 43-year-old estate agent Johnny Allen who agreed to pay her $150 to have sex.

Allen became rough and when he rolled over to reach the side of the bed she feared he was going to get a gun so she shot him first.

Despite entering a plea of self-defence 16-year-old Cyntoia was tried as an adult and found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder and aggravated robbery.

Governor Haslam released this statement: “Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16. 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.”

Ms Brown said she would do everything to justify the governor’s faith in her.

She will be released to parole supervision on August 7th by which time she will have spent 15 years behind bars.

A woman who has been in a vegetative state for 14 years has given birth in a nursing home in Arizona.

None of the staff were aware that the unidentified woman was pregnant until she started moaning and was “pretty much giving birth”.

The clinic described the birth as a “deeply disturbing incident” and chief executive Bill Timmons has resigned.

All male employees have been ordered to provide DNA samples as it is clear the woman was raped.

The baby boy is healthy and “has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for.”

Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against Weinstein has been dismissed by a court in California.

Ms Judd was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

She alleges that after she rejected sexual advances from him he tried to wreck her career.

Judge Gutierrez, however, advised Ms Judd that she could still pursue a defamation claim against Weinstein.

Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old who was abducted after her parents were killed in the family home three months ago, has been found alive by a woman walking her dog near the remote house where she was being held against her will after she managed to escape on foot.

Suspect Jake Thomas Patterson was found and arrested a short time later on two counts of first-degree homicide (Jayme’s mom and dad) and one count of kidnapping.

County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said: “There is a reunification process in place going on right now that includes medical mental evaluation, questioning by detectives and FBI agents, and then reunification with family. It’s amazing – the will of that 13-year-old to survive and escape. Jayme is the hero in this case there’s no question about it.”

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