It’s only been a few months since the formerly incarcerated Cyntoia Brown-Long was released from prison—and she is making very impressive strides since her release. Currently on a press tour to promote her new book, she recently stopped by the “Today” show and offered an apology to the family of the man she killed when she was just 16.
On the heels on her newly-released memoir, “Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System”, Cyntoia Brown-Long is speaking out for the first time since she regained her freedom—and she appears to be on the right track to a great life. Speaking with Craig Melvin on the most recent episode of NBC’s “Today” show, Cyntoia discussed many aspects of her life before, during and after prison, but one of the most interesting parts of the interview involved the man she killed as a teenager.
Johnny Allen, a 43-year-old real estate agent, is the man that Cyntoia killed in self-defense, which landed her 15 years in prison. Now that she’s out, she is very rooted in her faith and spiritual journey, which apparently led her to offer an apology to Allen’s family.
When asked by Melvin what she would say to his family if she were to see them, Cyntoia said this:
“It’s completely understandable. I don’t think we can tell someone how to feel when they’ve been through something like that and I completely understand. They’ve lost a loved one, I took that person from them and you know, of course I would tell them that I apologize and if they would ever want to speak with me, I would be more than happy to.”
Cyntoia’s memoir is available now at retailers and online. We wish her all the best!