Cyntoia Brown-Long said she worried the attention brought to her story from celebrities like Kim Kardashian had her worried that it would rub then Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam the wrong way as he decided on whether to commute her sentence.
Brown-Long, 31, had already spent 15 years in prison after she was convicted of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Johnny Allen, a 43-year-old real estate agent, in 2004.
She was 16 years old at the time, and claimed she was a sex-trafficking victim under a pimp named 'Kut Throat' who forced her into prostitution. Brown-Long allegedly shot Allen because she thought he was reaching for a gun while in a bedroom in his home.
Cyntoia Brown-Long (pictured above) said she worried the attention brought to her story from celebrities like Kim Kardashian had her worried that it would rub then Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam the wrong way as he decided on whether to commute her sentence
Brown-Long's story was the basis for the 2011 documentary, 'Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story' that caught the eye of activist groups and celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, LeBron James, Meek Mill and Rihanna, who helped bring national attention to her case
But she still lost her case and got a life sentence. Her story would end up featured in a 2011 documentary, 'Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story,' about her life behind bars,' drawing the attention of Kardashian and other celebrities.
Brown-Long admitted that support was not exactly in her best interest, especially when Halsam was considering her clemency.
'I was so nervous and the I was like, I don't want the governor to think I've done this to like try to kind of like push his hand,' she tells NBC Nightly News. 'Like that could backfire. That could look very bad.'
'We had actually heard back from the governor's counsel that the whole Kim Kardashian thing was not helping. So I was kind of fearful,' she added.
Prosecutors argued that Brown-Long was not defending herself, but was attempting to rob Allen. She was tried as an adult, convicted of first-degree murder, which would have kept her in prison for life. She would be 69-years-old by the time she would be eligible for parole.
Former Tennessee Governor BIll Haslam granted Brown-Long clemency, saying that 'imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years