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Woman Pardoned for Killing the Man Who Abused and Trafficked Her as a Teen After 27 Years
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Woman Pardoned for Killing the Man Who Abused and Trafficked Her as a Teen After 27 Years

Sara Kruzan was just 16 in 1994 when she killed George Gilbert Howard in a motel room.

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A teenager was sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting a man in 1994 who sexually abused and trafficked her.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has now pardoned Sara Kruzan after 27 years. On July 1st, he announced that he has granted 17 pardons, 15 commutations, and one medical reprieve. Kruzan's was among 17 pardons announced on Friday. In Kruzan's case, while it does not remove her conviction it does work to remove “counterproductive barriers to employment and public service.”

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Kruzan was just 16 years old when she killed George Gilbert Howard in a motel room in Riverside, California. In 1995, she was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. All the while, Kruzan had maintained that the man had sexually abused her and trafficked her for sex from when she was just 13 years old. She ended up serving 18 years in prison.