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Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) pardoned a California woman who was sentenced to life in prison after killing her pimp at the age of 16.

Sara Kruzan, who had served 18 years in prison, received one of nearly three dozen pardons and clemencies issued by Newsom on Friday.

The article goes on to state the following:

Kruzan was a teenager in 1994 when she killed George Gilbert Howard in a Riverside, California, motel room. She was sentenced at the age of 17 for the murder of the man she said had abused and trafficked her for sex since she was 13 years old.


Newsom said on issuing the pardon, “Ms. Kruzan committed a crime that took the life of a victim, since then, Ms. Kruzan has transformed her life and dedicated herself to community service.”

While the pardon doesn’t expunge or forgive her conviction, the governor’s office said it “may remove counterproductive barriers to employment and public service, restore civic rights and responsibilities, and prevent unjust collateral consequences of conviction, such as deportation and permanent family separation.”

Kruzan was released on parole in 2013 not too long after then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted her sentence to 25 years to life with the possibility of parole.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t think she should have been charged with murder. She was only 16. Sounds more like Self Defence to me. Especially since he had abused her since she was 13. That’s child abuse! She was the victim! She did what she felt she had to to get out of that despicable man’s grasp! I’m glad she got pardoned. I wish her a happy life.

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