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She's Newly Freed, and Now Newly Married

Cyntoia Brown marries musician J. Long
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 13, 2019 10:25 AM CDT
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In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Cyntoia Brown smiles during her clemency hearing at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn.   (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Cyntoia Brown, an inmate recently released on clemency after being given a life sentence at the age of 16, has married recording artist J. Long, formerly associated with the R&B group Pretty Ricky. Wes Yoder, a representative for Brown-Long, the name she now goes by, confirmed Monday the two had wed but declined to provide more details, only saying that more would be revealed in the fall, per the AP. Brown's book, Free Cyntoia, is scheduled for release Oct. 15 through Atria Books. Brown-Long was released on probation last week after getting clemency. Her case drew the attention of celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, and LeBron James, who lobbied on her behalf.

Brown-Long has said she was a sex trafficking victim at the time she killed a man in 2004. Now 31, Brown-Long will remain on parole for 10 years, on the condition that she doesn't violate any state or federal laws, holds a job, and participates in regular counseling sessions, under conditions set by former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. Pretty Ricky, which originated in Florida, is known for their 2005 single "Grind With Me," which hit No. 7 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. (Rihanna was on the case back in 2017.)


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