SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A woman who was sentenced to life in prison as a teenager for killing her former pimp has been released under a new California law that allows for the resentencing of certain inmates convicted as juveniles.
State corrections officials say Sara Kruzan was paroled Thursday from Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla after serving 19 years.
She was 17 when she was sentenced for fatally shooting George Gilbert Howard in a Riverside motel room in 1994. She said Howard sexually assaulted her at an early age and she began working for him as a prostitute at 13.
Prosecutors said Kruzan was no longer working for Howard when she killed him.
In January, a Riverside County judge reduced Kruzan's conviction to second-degree murder, making her immediately eligible for parole.