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Posted by: Jarod Word on Jul 20, 2018
Gov. Bill Haslam is considering clemency in two high-profile cases prior to leaving office, The Tennessean reports. Among those being considered is Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for a 2004 murder of Johnny Allen when she was 16. Brown’s case has been widely publicized, with advocates claiming that she was a victim of sex trafficking and killed Allen because she thought her life was in danger.
Haslam also received and is reviewing a request for clemency from Billy Ray Irick, who is scheduled to be put to death next month. Irick was convicted of the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in Knoxville but maintains that he was having a psychotic break at the time of the murder. His execution is scheduled for Aug. 9.