Cyntoia Brown v. Carolyn Jordan

Cyntoia Brown v. Carolyn Jordan
M2018-01415-SC-R23-CO

We accepted certification of a question of law from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that requires us to determine if a defendant convicted of first-degree murder committed on or after July 1, 1995, and sentenced to life in prison under Tennessee Code Annotated section 39-13-202(c)(3) will become eligible for release, and if so, after how many years. We conclude that a defendant so convicted and sentenced to life in prison under Tennessee Code Annotated section 39-13-202(c)(3) may be released, at the earliest, after fifty-one years of imprisonment.

Authoring Judge: 
Justice Roger A. Page
Originating Judge: 
Judge Julia Smith Gibbons
Date Filed: 
Thursday, December 6, 2018