California Woman Pardoned 27 Years After Killing Abuser as a Teen

By Johnny Diaz, The New York Times | July 5, 2022

Stoneleigh Fellow Sara Kruzan was recently pardoned by California Governor Gavin Newsom for fatally shooting a man who had abused her as a child.

When Sara Kruzan was 17, she was convicted of murdering a man she said had abused her beginning when she was 11 and had trafficked her for sex at 13. She served nearly two decades in prison.

On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California granted her a pardon for fatally shooting the man, George Howard, in 1994, saying that Ms. Kruzan had “provided evidence that she is living an upright life and has demonstrated her fitness for restoration of civic rights and responsibilities.”

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