Cyntoia Denise Brown Bio

Who is Cyntoia Denise Brown

Cyntoia Denise Brown is an American woman, who was convicted of the murder and robbery of Johnny Michael Allen when she was at 16. She was released on Wednesday morning after 15 years served.

Cyntoia Denise Brown Biography

Quick Bio
Birth Date29 January 1988
Birth PlaceTennessee, United States
Age31 years
Known ForMurderer
VictimsJohnny Michael Allen
EducationLipscomb University
ParentsEllenette Brown, Georgina Mitchell, Thomas Brown
Net WorthUpdate Soon

Cyntoia Brown was born on 29 January 1988 in Tennessee, the United States. 31 years old Cyntoia was convicted of the murder and robbery of Johnny Michael.

Cyntoia was born Cyntoia Denise Mitchell to Georgina Mitchell. Her father is unknown. She ran away from home in 2004.

Before she fled, she spent time with the state’s Department of Children’s Services between April 2001 and September 2003.

While homeless, Cyntoia became intimately involved with Garion L. McGlothen (also known by the street name Kut-Throat, often abbreviated to Kut or Cut), and lived at an InTown Suites hotel.

McGlothen forced Brown into sex-trafficking, effectively making him Brown’s pimp. As such, Brown supported McGlothen and herself via involuntary prostitution.

During this time, McGlothen reportedly threatened, beat, and raped Brown on multiple occasions.

Cyntoia Brown Murder

On August 6, 2004, when Cyntoia Brown was just 16, She met 43-year-old Johnny Michael Allen in the parking lot of a Sonic Drive-In on Murfreesboro Road in Nashville, Tennessee.

Allen was a real estate broker and a United States Army veteran. Based on what Brown told investigators, Allen asked her if she was hungry and if she was homeless.

Brown answered yes to both questions and accepted Allen’s offer to take her to his house. Brown and Allen ordered dinner and Allen drove the pair to his home.

At a later hearing, Brown testified that she agreed to have sex with Allen for US$150, but claimed that they never actually engaged in sexual intercourse.

At some point during the encounter, Brown shot Allen in the back of the head using her .40-caliber handgun. She then left the house in Allen’s Ford F-150 in possession of Allen’s wallet, containing US$172, and two of his firearms.

Brown left the truck at a Wal-Mart parking lot and flagged down an SUV for a ride home. Police later found Brown and McGlothen at the nearby Intown Suites.

Cyntoia Brown Arrest and trial

Cyntoia Brown was arrested and charged with homicide, especially aggravated robbery, handgun possession, and criminal impersonation.

Despite being under 18 at the time of the killing, she was tried as an adult.

This decision came from Metro Juvenile Court Judge Betty Adams Green on November 14, 2004, who argued that it was too much of a risk to the community to keep the 16-year-old in the Juvenile Court System.

Cyntoia Brown never denied shooting Allen; however, she argued that the act was committed in self-defense making the act manslaughter rather than homicide.

According to court documents, Brown threatened a jail nurse prior to her trial, stating “I shot that man in the back of the head one time, bitch, I’m gonna shoot you in the back of the head three times.

I’d love to hear your blood splatter on the wall.” A recording of a phone call she made to her adopted mother while in jail was also presented as further evidence against Brown, in the conversation she stated of the victim “I executed him”.

Further still, a fellow inmate testified that Brown had confessed to killing Allen “just to see how it felt to kill somebody.”

She was found guilty of first-degree murder, felony murder, and aggravated robbery and sentenced to 51-years-to-life in prison.


Brown is serving her sentence at the Tennessee Prison for Women, a maximum-security detention facility in Nashville, Tennessee.

She would have been eligible for parole at age 67. In prison, Brown has earned her high school diploma, as well as an associate degree with a 4.0 GPA. As of January 2019, Brown was working towards her bachelor’s degree and was on track to earn it in May 2019.

Brown’s former pimp, Garion L. McGlothen, also known as Gary McGlothen and Kutthroat, died on March 30, 2005, at the age of 24, having been shot and killed by Quartez Hines.

His story was featured in the 2011 documentary, Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story.

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