Cyntoia Brown, whose case and conviction had gained national interest over the past few years, was released from prison on Wednesday morning according to the Department Of Corrections. Cyntoia Brown, now 31-years old, was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder in 2006 at the age of 16. She was sentenced to life in prison.
Ms. Brown’s case was a little more complicated than it looked on paper though. According to a report in The New York Times (@NYTimes), Cyntoia Brown was placed into adoption as a child. She ran away from her adoptive family at the age of 16. She ended up living in a motel with a pimp, who raped her and forced her into a life of prostitution at 16-years old, according to official court documents. In 2004, Johnny M. Allen, 43, a real estate broker, picked up Brown at a restaurant in Nashville. The two agreed to engage in sexual activity for an agreed upon price of $150. Mr. Allen drove Ms. Brown back to his home after the two parties agreed to the terms. Ms. Brown testified that at one point while they were in the bedroom, she thought Mr. Allen was reaching for a gun to kill her. According to court documents, at some point, Ms. Brown shot Mr. Allen while he was asleep with a gun she had in her purse. Court documents stated that Ms. Brown took money and two guns from the home before she fled the scene. At 16-years old, Cyntoia Brown was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. She was sentenced to life in prison and would not have been eligible for parole until 2055.
In January, after wide reporting of her case and much media attention, spear-headed by celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Tennessee’s Governor at the time, Bill Haslem, granted clemency to Ms. Brown after being locked up for more than 15-years. Her release date was set for August 7th 2019. Her life sentence was commuted to 15-years in prison, which she had already served, dating back to the time she was originally arrested. Ms. Brown was described by other prisoners and guards alike as a “model prisoner” during her time behind bars. She earned her G.E.D and an Associates Degree with a 4.0 grade-point average. And she has already started working on obtaining her bachelor’s degree. The Department Of Corrections said that Ms. Brown will be on parole until August 7th, 2029.
Former Governor Haslem admitted Imposing a life sentence on a juvenile offender was excessive. Haslem said Brown admitted to “committing a horrific crime at the age of 16”, but added “Yet imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life.” Haslem said.
Cesar Sayoc, the man who was arrested for mailing pipe bombs to critics and so-called enemies of Donald Trump was sentenced to serve 20-years in prison on Monday. Sayoc plead guilty to charges that he sent out over a dozen pipe bombs to Trump critics.
NBC News (@NBCnews), reports that in 2018 Sayoc sent homemade bombs made out of PVC pipe and glass shards to Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, CNN headquarters, actor Robert Deniro and a host of other “critics of the president.” None of Sayoc’s bombs detonated and no one was injured. Back in March Sayoc plead guilty to 65 counts, including using weapons of mass destruction and illegal mailing of explosives with the intent to harm and kill. He had been looking at life in prison for the crimes.
Others who received pipe bombs from Sayoc included former Director Of National Intelligence: James Clapper, Former Attorney General: Eric Holder, current Presidential candidate and former Vice President: Joe Biden, former CIA Director: John Brennan, Senators: Corey Booker, Kamala Harris, and Maxine Waters, and activist: Tom Steyer.
EL PASO, TX
At least 20 people were killed and at least 26 more people were injured when a man walked into a local Wal Mart store inside of the Cielo Vista Mall and opened fire with an assault rifle on Saturday morning.
21-year old Patrick Cruisus
According to USA Today (@USAToday), the shooter has been identified as 21-year old Patrick Cruisus. Police reported finding a “manifesto” belonging to the suspect. The manifesto was allegedly written hours, or even minutes before the shooting. The manifesto was posted online to 8chan, an online message board frequented by racist, extremist, and conspiracy theorists. In the manifesto, Cruisus allegedly wrote about his act of domestic terrorism being “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Cruisus lives in a Dallas suburb more than 650 miles away from El Paso where he committed the act of domestic terrorism. It’s likely that he traveled more than 650 miles with one purpose in mind. After killing 20 people or more, Cruisus was taken into police custody alive and unharmed.
El Paso sits along the border with neighboring Juarez Mexico just on the other side. The nearby city of Las Cruces, New Mexico, form an area of the largest bilingual, bi-national population in North America. Mexico’s President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said three Mexican nationals were among the 20 people killed in the act of domestic terrorism. And at least six others were among the 26 reported injured in the massacre. Reports have surfaced that many of the injured refused treatment out of fear of being met by I.C.E as they arrived at the hospital.
I can confidently say that I have finally reached the age where I can officially say “Now I’ve heard it all.” Police in Loretto, TN are warning residents against flushing their drugs down the toilet. Most importantly….meth. According to the Loretto Police Department, doing so could lead to the creation of “meth gators” and stoned waterfowl.
“We shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do.” Was part of a statement released on the department’s Facebook page when asked about ducks and geese getting their hands….I mean bills on some meth after a resident flushed their drugs down the toilet and the drugs ended up making its way down the toilet pipes to local retention ponds, according to an article posted by AP News (@apoddities). The department added “we could create meth-gators” if the drugs should happen to flow a little further downstream to the Tennessee River in north Alabama.
On a serious note, health officials have reportedly warned that drugs and other pharmaceuticals could eventually reach the drinking water supply. So, if you care about the environment….try not to flush your stash down the toilet when the police raid. Maybe you could try to hurry up and smoke it all as the police are kicking in your front door instead. Hope you got some extra strong lungs and some strong padlocks on that door, if that’s the option you decide to take.