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Ex-prostitute sentenced to life in prison for killing pimp when she was 16 is pardoned

Governor Newsom forgives ex-prostitute 27 years after she was sentenced to life in prison without release for murdering offending pimp in California motel when she was 16

  • Sara Kruzan was forced into prostitution when she was 13 in California
  • But she shot dead George Gilbert Howard three years later at a motel in Riverside
  • The then teenager received a life sentence without the possibility of release
  • She was wounded up to 15 years in 2013 and was released that year at age 35
  • Now Kruzan has been forgiven for ‘transforming her life’ over the past nine years

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A woman who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1994 for murdering her abusive boyfriend when she was just 16 has been forgiven.

Sara Kruzan was forced into prostitution when she was 13, but shot George Gilbert Howard dead in a motel in Riverside, Californiathree years later.

The then-teenager was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder when she was 17 years old.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger supervision of her sentence will be reduced to 25 years to life with the possibility of parole in 2010.

But she was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 to 15 years for second-degree murder and was released that year at age 35 after 18 years in prison.

Now Kruzan has been pardoned for ‘transforming her life’ after using the past nine years to promote the human rights of imprisoned women and children.

Her supporters wrote a celebratory note on a Facebook page dedicated to her, praising her for being ‘at least really free’.

Sara Kruzan was forced into prostitution when she was about 13, but killed George Gilbert Howard three years later in a motel in Riverside, California.

The then-teenager was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder when she was 17

The then-teenager was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder when she was 17

The then-teenager was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder when she was 17

An exterior photo of the Riverside, California motel where the murder took place

An exterior photo of the Riverside, California motel where the murder took place

An exterior photo of the Riverside, California motel where the murder took place

The pardon said: ‘Ms. Kruzan committed a crime that took the life of the victim. Since then, Mrs. Kruzan has changed her life and dedicated herself to community service.

‘This act of mercy for Mrs. Kruzan does not minimize or forgive her behavior or the harm it has caused.’

But it added: ‘It recognizes the work she has done since then to transform herself.’ A Facebook post was written from her ‘I Am SJK’ page by her supporters.

A photo of Sara Kruzan from prison. Kruzan was sexually abused by her pimp who killed her at a motel in Riverside, California in 1994

A photo of Sara Kruzan from prison. Kruzan was sexually abused by her pimp who killed her at a motel in Riverside, California in 1994

A photo of Sara Kruzan from prison. Kruzan was sexually abused by her pimp who killed her at a motel in Riverside, California in 1994

‘We hope you enjoy the freedom with us, Sara’s freedom, that is Sara Kruzan, is finally really free.

Kruzan told how Howard started caring for her when she was just 11 and sexually abused her before he became her pimp.

She said he made her have sex with 11 men on her first night combing the streets of Hollywood and Orange County.

She started dating a man in San Diego when she was 16 and his uncle is said to have ordered her to kill Howard or he would kill her mother.

Kruzan is then believed to have organized a date with her former pimp and spent a night with him at Dynasty Suites Motel.

But she shot him in the neck out of point-blank range when he whipped out a sex toy before taking $ 1,500 from his purse and keys for his Jaguar.

Cops found her purse and ID card at the scene and she was arrested and detained at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, California.

On Friday, Kruzan was one of 17 pardons and awards given by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger oversaw that her sentence was reduced to 25 years with the possibility of parole in 2010

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger oversaw that her sentence was reduced to 25 years with the possibility of parole in 2010

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger oversaw that her sentence was reduced to 25 years with the possibility of parole in 2010

A photo of Kruzan serving her sentence behind bars in a California prison

A photo of Kruzan serving her sentence behind bars in a California prison

A photo of Kruzan serving her sentence behind bars in a California prison

On Friday, Kruzan was one of the 17 pardons and pardons granted by Governor Newsom (pictured)

On Friday, Kruzan was one of the 17 pardons and pardons granted by Governor Newsom (pictured)

On Friday, Kruzan was one of the 17 pardons and graces bestowed on Governor Newsom (pictured)

He wrote in pardon: ‘When Mrs. Kruzan was 16, she shot the man who had abused and mistreated her for sex fatally.’

He added “she has provided evidence that she is living an upright life and has shown her fitness for restoring civil rights and responsibilities”.

The pardon does not erase her conviction, but says it works to remove ‘counterproductive barriers to employment and public service’.

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