Freed After 19 Years in Prison for Killing Her Pimp, Woman Tells Story

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At age 17, Sara Kruzan was sentenced to life in prison for the 1994 fatal shooting of her pimp George Howard. Upon her release in late 2013, CBS News wrote:

“Kruzan's case became a high-profile example used by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who sought to ease life sentences for juveniles.

“‘It is justice long overdue,’ Yee told the Los Angeles Times. He called Kruzan's case 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.’”

Now, in a Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JIIE.org) video, Kruzan talks about being sexually trafficked, being abused starting at age 11, the murder, her time in prison, the older women who mentored her and the flier she read that ultimately led to her release from prison after 19 years.

3 thoughts on “Freed After 19 Years in Prison for Killing Her Pimp, Woman Tells Story

  1. I am so glad that you have been released. I know that something amazing is going to come from the horrible miscarriage of justice that you have experienced. I am looking forward to seeing the progress that you make. Keep your head up Sweetie. God has major plans for your life. God bless you.

  2. Thank you for sharing Sara’s story. It reminds me why it is so important to get involved with preventing sex traffiking and justice system reform, as well as inspire me to share these stories and raise awareness. Your work is so important and appreciated!