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Governor grants 11 people executive clemency; reviewing Cyntoia Brown request

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam has granted executive clemency to 11 people as he inches closer to the end of his final term in office.

Haslam announced Thursday he issued pardons to seven people and commutations to four people. Neither action resulted in the immediate release of anyone from prison.

Previously, Haslam had granted one commutation, eight pardons and one exoneration.

Haslam says he’s continuing to review and consider clemency requests, including Cyntoia Brown — a woman convicted of murdering a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute that has gained national attention.

Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and other celebrities have supported Brown as she fights her life sentence for killing a man who had picked her up for sex. Her lawyers say she was a sex-trafficking victim afraid for her life.

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