Twenty-seven years after being sentenced to life imprisonment for killing her abuser, Sara Kruzan has been officially pardoned by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
In 1995, Kruzan was found guilty of first-degree murder one year after she killed George Gilbert Howard when she was 16 years old. In the years after her conviction, Kruzan became an advocate for policy reform regarding victims of sex trafficking and accused Howard of sexually abusing and trafficking her as a teen.