10/28/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Los Angeles – A California woman who was convicted in the death of her pimp when she was a teenager is set to be freed after spending nearly two decades in prison. As reported by Reuters, Sara Kruzan, now 35, may be released this week following the decision of Governor Jerry Brown to uphold her parole.
Activists who have worked on behalf of Kruzan advocating for her release say she was raised by an abusive mother who was addicted to drugs. Kruzan stated in a 2009 Human Rights Watch video that the man she killed, sexually assaulted her when she was eleven years old and later had her work as a child prostitute.
California State Senator Leland Yee, who authored a bill that allows offenders given life sentences without parole for crimes committed before age 18 the opportunity to petition for a new hearing on their sentence, is quoted by Reuters as stating of Kruzan, “She has freely admitted the calculated way in which she killed her pimp…I think anybody in their right mind would probably do the same. She did something that’s horrible and she had to pay price. But she has turned her life around.”
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