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.
Additional Sara Kruzan coverage by the Abolish Slavery Coalition:
- Life After Jail: Child sex trafficking victim Sara Kruzan’s future plans
- Breaking News: Sara Kruzan hearing postponed
- Settlement reached for child sex trafficking victim Sara Kruzan
- Exclusive Interview: Sex trafficking victim Sara Kruzan’s family speaks out
About the Author
Melissa 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.