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Parole a Possibility for Sara Kruzan, Sentenced to Life at 17 for Killing Abusive Pimp

An agreement was announced in a California court Friday in the case of Sara Kruzan, 35, who was sentenced to life without parole at age 17 for killing her abusive pimp. Under the agreement–which was a long time in the making–Sara is now convicted of second-degree murder with a sentence of 19 years to life.

Sentenced to Life Without Parole at 17 for Killing Abusive Pimp, Sara Kruzan May See Freedom

At age 11, Sara Kruzan met a man who bought her gifts and took her out. He became a much-needed father figure until two years later, when he raped her and began selling her for sex. After five years of sexual abuse, Sara shot her pimp. She was sentenced to life without parole at the age of 17, in what many see as an abuse of justice. Now, Sara may finally have a shot at freedom.

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