Governor Haslam will decide by next month whether to grant clemency in a case that’s gotten national attention.

Thursday, the lead Metro police detective in the case is asking the term-limited Governor not to do it. 

Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute. Her attorneys claim she was a sex-trafficking victim and she killed in self-defense. 

The metro police detective who worked the case says that’s not true. He wrote a seven-page letter to Governor Haslam, sharing what he calls inconsistencies in her story. 

By the end, he writes, “my findings were that she was not justified in killing the man and her only motivation for the murder was robbery.” 

You can read the detective’s full letter to the Governor by clicking here.