October 10, 2011 by The ReadyWriter
Troubled teen Tiana Brown (pictured to the right), was convicted of killing her cousin (Shannon Braithwaite pictured inset above), in a jealous rage over the girl’s sneakers. Browne, now 18, was three years younger when she plunged a kitchen knife into Shannon Braithwaite 49 times and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
Browne had issues, she was a runaway, a rape victim and the prodigal child of the family, when Shannon’s religious mother felt the Christian thing to do was to invite this troubled, pimpled face teen to stay with them at their Crown Heights home. And just two days later, Browne killed her 16-year-old cousin Shannon in a crime relatives say and believe was motivated by her intense jealousy over her cousin’s sneakers, electronic gadgets and success in school.
Brown was emotionally damaged and mentally scared, when she discovered that her mother was raped by her grandmother’s boyfreind, who was initially her father. Browne’s excuse for killing her cousin, was that; she was suffering “post-traumatic-stress disorder” after being repeatedly raped by a classmate a few years before the slaying.
Marva Braithwaite (Shannon’s mother), delivered a passionate message directly to Browne in a Brooklyn Supreme Court on Friday. “You rewarded me by leaving me childless, ripping out my very being,” “When you sit behind bars, you can never say you weren’t loved,” “Shannon loved you. I loved you.”
Although Tiana Brown apologized and said “she was sorry for everything” Judge Wayne Ozzi had no mercy as he opposed Brown’s sentencing “I know you said you’re sorry”, The judge said “but your actions speak louder than words.”