No 16-year story should be silence––at least, not this one.
It’s been almost a year since Cyntoia Brown was finally freed. Now, she’s ready to tell her story alongside Netflix as they spearhead it through a documentary that’s set to release this April. On Wednesday, the streaming giant has revealed the trailer for Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story. The story revolves around the 32-year-old’s life story as she was sentenced, as an adult, to life in prison for the murder of the 43-year-old man she said solicited her for sex when she was only 16 years old.
the documentary that’s due to premiere on April 29 is said to let us into the mind of Brown when she was violated in her childhood to the day she’s finally broken free of it.
“When I was 16, I did a horrible thing,” she says in a courtroom in the trailer. “I do pray that you show me mercy and that you give me a second chance
When her case started getting traction on the 7th of January last year and was supported by notable celebrities, Tennesse Governor Bill Haslam granted her the clemency she deserved. In 7 months’ time, the 7th of August, she was released from prison after serving 15 years.
Brown took it to Instagram, though, to tell that she wasn’t involved in Netflix’s project.
“While I was still incarcerated, a producer who has old footage of me made a deal with Netflix for an UNAUTHORIZED documentary, set to be released soon. My husband and I were as surprised as everyone else when we first heard the news because we did not participate in any way. However, I am currently in the process of sharing my story, in the right way, in full detail, and in a way that depicts and respects the woman I am today,” she wrote on her post. “While I pray that this film highlights things wrong in our justice system, I had nothing to do with this documentary.”