Sara Kruzan sentence reduced; eligible for parole this year

Child sex trafficking victim Sara Kruzan's sentence has been reduced to 15 years plus four years with the chance of parole.

Child sex trafficking victim Sara Kruzan’s sentence has been reduced to 15 years plus four years with the chance of parole.

Child sex trafficking victim Sara Kruzan, who is currently serving her nineteenth year in prison, will likely be released from jail within a few months.  At a Riverside Court hearing this morning, it was revealed that Kruzan’s sentence has been reduced to 15 years plus four years and is eligible for parole this year.

Kruzan was convicted of first-degree murder in 1995 for killing her pimp in Riverside, Calif. the prior year at age 16.  Her pimp, George Gilbert “G.G.” Howard, had groomed Kruzan for prostitution since age 11, then raped, beat and sold her for sex starting when she was 13.

In 1995, Riverside Superior Court Judge J. Thompson Hanks sentenced Kruzan to life in prison.  In 2011, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted Kruzan’s sentence to 25 years with the chance of parole.  Kruzan requested a retrial last summer, which has seen several extensions and no official decision.

Kruzan’s legal team and the Riverside Court revealed that a tentative proposed settlement had been reached, which was to be disclosed in a hearing Jan. 11.  The hearing was postponed to today, where it was announced that Kruzan’s conviction has been reduced to second-degree murder, with a commuted sentence of 15 years plus four years with the chance of parole.  Since this is Kruzan’s nineteenth year in jail, it is possible that she will be released on parole in as little as a few months.

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About the Author

Melissa Grace HoonMelissa Grace Hoon is the Managing Editor for the Abolish Slavery Coalition. She is a victim advocate and a human rights journalist with a Master’s degree in American studies where she focused on slavery, gendered violence and victimization. She is a freelance reporter for the Orange County Register and volunteers with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.

Comments

  1. Sara Kruzan sentence reduced; eligible for parole this year.

    Hello
    My heart is touched by this story. with disappointment but also joy. While I will never truly know of Sara’s pain I believe I can feel a minute amount of her plight. I recently went on a trip to Cambodia where I spent a little time with women and children who have been through similar devastation. I have walked and prayed in buildings that were once brothels.
    I have listened while some have spoken of their life and it is my thinking that the thing that Sara committed was not a crime of malice but an act of a desperate little girl whose childhood has been stolen. Sara has wounds perhaps that only Jesus can heal. It is hard to comprehend what else to say. Except that I pray she will have healing and beyond that a life filled with joy.
    Blessings
    Andrew

  2. This is good and upsetting at the same time…. If that guy got caught and went to jail he would have only gotten like 5 yrs. after he beat, sold, and raped a child. She gets life after being a victim!!! Just sad

  3. I do believe all of the ideas you have presented on your post.

    They’re very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very brief for starters. May you please prolong them a little from next time? Thank you for the post.

  4. Deborah Baye says:

    Free this woman
    She deserves a life free from being abused/

  5. I am overwhelmed that Sara is eligible for parole this year, She has had nothing but a harsh tragic beginning, abused and manipulated. How she has managed to get through all of this and remain steadfast is just beyond me. If she was my daughter i would be so proud of her, she didn’t choose to be a prostitute, she was groomed. and by killing her groomer was her saving grace, she without realising it, has saved other youngsters from being drawn into that cesspit world too. He knew what he was doing, and he paid the price.
    God has plans for her, she will most likely become an advocate for helping young girls in the same position she was lead into, or she may become a writer. She is an amazing young woman and I wish her with all my heart a wonderful happy life.

  6. John Dean says:

    The Taliban would have been proud of this sentence for a women that are to be blamed for all evil men do towards them.

  7. Damien Geve Dunmore says:

    I do not think I have cried in my life as hard as hearing this story. I can relate, I finally opened up to family and friends about being raped by a male Family member repeatedly as a young boy. Your innocence is for ever stomped and your childhood destroyed. I don’ t wish it on anyone. I am fortunate to have music and art as an outlet. Sara, you are the woman of my dreams. I would marry you in a millisecond. It is obvious how big an beautiful your heart is. One of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. Our Justice system is criminal. This should never have happened. May you bring peace and understanding to this world. Your work is just beginning my African sister. I just got the excellent news. Incredible. There is love for you all around the earth and well deserved.

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