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Woman sentenced to life for killing pimp gets parole

Oct. 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM   |   Comments

SACRAMENTO, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown will allow parole of a woman sentenced at age 16 to life in prison for killing a man who forced her into prostitution, his office said.

Sara Kruzan, 35, was convicted of first-degree murder for killing George Howard in a Riverside, Calif., hotel room. Kruzan has said he sexually assaulted her when she was 11 and forced her into prostitution when she was 13.

She was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in jail without the chance of parole, but a new law that went into effect in January has changed her sentence, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday

Sen. Leland Yee, D-Calif., started championing her case as an example juvenile offenders he thinks should have softer punishments.

Kruzan is the "perfect example of adults who failed her, of society failing her. You had a predator who stalked her, raped her, forced her into prostitution, and there was no one around," Yee told the newspaper.

The law allows new sentencing hearings for juveniles sentenced to life in prison with no parole. In September, Brown signed a second bill requiring parole boards to review the cases of juveniles tried as adults who have served 15 years or more of their sentences, the Times said.

Under the new laws, more than 1,000 prisoners currently in the California prison system are eligible for parole hearings.

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